- Amnesty International accused the federal government of not doing enough to stop the farmers-herdsmen clash
- The federal government said it is analysing the report
- The presidency said action will be taken after consideration
The presidency has said that the federal government will take critical action after analysing allegations made by Amnesty International.
The group had raised concern about alleged right abuse by the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government.
In the report, Amnesty International claimed violence between herdsmen and farmers reached a high point in 2018, Guardian reports.
It said that in 2018, “more than 2,000 people were killed in such conflicts. That’s more than the previous two years combined, and hundreds more than were killed by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.”
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It alleged that the federal government’s failure to maintain peace and prosecute perpetrators led to the problem. “The Nigerian authorities have failed to prosecute those who have committed crimes,” it said.
The senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, accused Amnesty International of drawing wrong conclusions by the report.
He thanked the organisation for confirming a fact by President Buhari that the conflict between herders and farmers in Nigeria is not about religion.
Shehu, however, said: “The report has raised concerns about the validity of their evidence gathering, adding that it is like knowing the facts, but drawing the wrong conclusions.
“It is not correct to state in any way that the problem between farmers and herders is a new thing over the last three years. It has been happening for over 100 years. The colonial powers, Britain and France, had regularly recorded these conflicts, which are available in the archives.
“It is equally untrue that government has done nothing. Alleged human rights abuses have been investigated and clashes have been reduced through government’s actions."
Meanwhile, the Human Rights Writers Association has warned the Nigerian Army to eschew any confrontation with the Amnesty International (AI), appealing to its personnel to exercise patience with the organisation rather than asking it to close its office.
HURIWA chairman, Emmanuel Onwubiko, who made the appeal, on Wednesday, December 19, in Abuja, also asked Amnesty International to tread carefully in order not to plunge the country into chaos.
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