Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Amnesty International : A Nigerian perspective

According to Wikipedia, Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty and AI) is a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights with over 3 million members and supporters around the world. The stated objective of the organisation is "to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated." source
And while AI has a long history, its activity over the years has become a source of worry. 

Over the past 3 years, an unprecedented wave of suicide bombing and terrorist has plagued the northern Nigeria and thousands of lives have been lost of the Boko Haram insurgency. There has been an ever-rising wave of protest nation-wide for the government to do enough to stop it even more so since the kidnap of the school girls in chibok, Bornu state.

All this while, AI have never spoken of, condemned or even show concern for the people dying in the country. Alternatively, they have been instinctively quick to condemn the Nigerian soldiers twice in 3 years for what they call war crimes.

While I condemn the gruesome manner of killing by anybody and believe the soldiers in reported videos be withdrawn, AI condemns always only in one direction. They always try to convince a gullible world that they have done an investigation and are confident of what they say. I ask, "why not investigate when Boko Haram members whose heads are always covered with scarf when they kill people gruesomely". 

Their latest condemnation and recommendation of the Nigerian army for trials on war crimes does not only say how disconnected they are with the Nigerian public but that they are now considered as one "official diplomatic front for terrorism" around the world. Why?

  1. they would never join in the fight against terrorism anywhere in the world.
  2. they always investigate only when terrorists are killed but not when terrorist kill.
  3. they have twice hit the Nigeria soldiers' advance against Boko Haram on the diplomatic front but never in anyway halted, exposed or inhibited Boko Haram fighters' advance on truly innocent civilians.
  4. AI have simply forgotten how many Nigerians have been killed by Boko Haram militants dressed in Nigerian Army uniforms. They now claim that anybody in military uniform is a Nigerian soldier.
The last thing Nigeria needs is another "terrorist in Human Rights clothing" and while we condemn any dastardly act by any military personnel, we also want the Nigerian government to strengthen their (the Armed Forces) morale and arm against Boko Haram because the victory of the soldiers is a victory for Nigeria and the world.

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