Published On: Tue, Mar 21st, 2017


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Press Release

20th March, 2017


The protest staged by some pawn in the political chessboard against Amnesty International in Abuja on Monday the 20th of March 2017 is worrisome and embarrassing. The protest is uncalled for as it is designed to entrench absolute lawlessness in the country. Those charlenton who reduced themselves to be democratic miscreants shouldn’t have embarked on this show of shame that will further batter the Nigerian image before the world. The sponsors of these democratic gangsters, i.e Global Peace and Rescue Initiative (GOPRI) only succeeded in telling the world that Nigeria is a banana republic that must be rule by brute force or neizy laws.

For the avoidance of doubt and for the information of the general public, especially GOPRI that Nigeria does not live in an island. She is in a confederation with other countries in the world. Nigeria is a signatory to the many international treaties that seek to protect indigent people’s rights. Our constitution under section 12 give life to those treaties. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and People’s Right forbid arbitrary killing of human being even during a period of war. Right to life is so sacrosanct that the State is prevented to take human life even during war. Only few exceptional cases are permitted for the state to take human life. The war in the North East does not give security agencies absolute power to take human lives arbitrarily. If there is any of such barbaric incidence taken place in the region, what is wrong broadcasting same? The people of the North East have right to life that must not be unduly trampled upon. Amnesty International should not be vilified for reporting human rights abuses by security agencies in Nigeria. That is the beauty of democracy in practice.

If we may ask; what is the offence Amnesty International has committed to warrant this invasion of its office by GOPRI? is it the report of the bombardment of the IDP camp in the region where hundreds of people mostly women and children died in the attack? Is it the civilian casualties that it reported over the military raid on Boko Haram hide out? We believed that the plotters of this human rights coup have failed. Amnesty international cannot leave Nigeria. We are not even under military rule to be banning democratic institutions. We are warning the sponsors of these undemocratic agenda and their paid agents to withdraw their planned protest against Amnesty International otherwise we shall take every lawful steps to stop them. We also appeal to the federal government to stop these paid agents from further embarrassing the country.



Alaowei Cleric Esq.

National President


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