By EMEKA OKONKWO ABUJA, (CAJ News) - THE Nigerian Army has accused some foreign media and non governmental and civil society organisations of making false claims of alleged human rights violations by the uniformed forces.
These organisations are said to be making the allegations in collaboration with some of their Nigerian affiliates “for reasons best known to them.”
“It is clear that these group (sic) of people and their collaborators are not happy with the progress made on the efforts to solve the security problems bedevilling our nation as manifested in the terrorists activities.
“The implication of such act is not lost on us as it is capable of thwarting the gains in the fight against terrorism and insurgency,” Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, said.
Usman alleged these “unscrupulous and unpatriotic elements” were far less concerned about the general well being of our citizens.
“They are driven by material and pecuniary gains.”
Usman said the Army would like to reiterate and renew its commitment to upholding human right principles and practice.
“We have been protecting human rights and we are not party to any breach of human rights in our country or during any of our operations. We would not condone any human rights abuses.”
Usman said where there were allegations of human rights violations by any individual or group, this would be thoroughly investigated and those found guilty would be brought to book in accordance with extant laws.
“Therefore, the Nigerian Army would not succumb to blackmail and neither would it be distracted from its determined effort of defending the territorial integrity of our great nation and safeguarding the security of
its citizens. We would continue to solicit the support of well meaning Nigerians in this regards.”
– CAJ News