Army advices AI, other NGO’s to stop meddling in security issues

The Nigerian Military has warned all international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in the country, especially the Amnesty International (AI) and its affiliates, to stop hencefort, from meddling into security issues.

Nigerian Military

Nigerian Military

The military body gave the warning in a press statement signed by the acting Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar.

Amnesty International had few days ago accused the Nigerian Military of killing 150 pro Biafra agitators in the South-East.

AI claimed the Military and other security agencies embarked on arbitrary arrest and extra-judicial execution of people in the South East.

Reacting however, the military authority strongly frowned at the activities of AI, saying that the group did not mean well for the country.

Abubakar said, “Activities of the AI in our nation have shown that it never meant well for Nigeria and the situation is getting clearer to national and international communities what AI is up to. This could be corroborated by inherent lopsidedness in the AI’s portrayal of Nigeria, its involvement in local politics and taking side with terrorists and other belligerent groups to cause internal disorder, which no country can tolerate,” the statement read.

“The military has maintained open door policy and has been cooperating with all stakeholders in ensuring that Nigerian Armed Forces remains one of the best and a proud institution for all Nigerians.

“For AI to be making spurious allegations, especially without substantiated and cogent reason, apart from those adduced by the organisation for the reason best known to it and its collaborators, is disturbing and unethical of an international organisation that is supposed to steer clear of local politics and to be seen as maintaining neutrality in its reportage of the countries where it operates,” it further read.

Speaking further, Abubakar claimed that the AI had only succeeded in giving an insight “to the possibility of the organisation sponsoring various criminal gangs in our country with a view to achieving the sponsor’s intent.”

It described AI as an agent of destabilisation, masquerading as a reputable international NGO and urged Nigerians “to rise up to this daunting challenge of not giving AI the chance to truncate our hard earned democracy and unity.”

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