- A human rights group has commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai for exposing those behind the unrest in Nigeria
- The group said what Buratai have disclosed is not really new
- According to the group, political support for Boko Haram is something that it had expressed concerns about shortly before the elections
A human rights group has backed the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai for exposing those behind the unrest in Nigeria.
The Coalition of Human Rights Groups warned those behind the serial acts of banditry, kidnapping and killings must desist from these evil acts and change their ways.
The executive director of the group, Maxwell Gowon, in a statement released on Thursday, May 15, appealed to defeated political players in the last election to use proceedings in expressing dissatisfaction with election outcomes without resorting to bloodletting.
Gowon said what Buratai have disclosed is not really new.
He said political support for Boko Haram is something that the coalition had expressed concerns about shortly before the elections.
"The favor General Buratai has done for Nigerians is to confirm that the threat from politicians that lost election is real," Gowon said.
He said the coalition was drawing the attention of Nigerians to five critical points which included, an opposition backed terrorist groups and foreign mercenaries to cause insecurity in several parts of the country prior to the elections.
Gowon said the groups were backed with an aim that the resulting chaos will either allow them rig the polls or deplete potential votes for President Muhammadu Buhari in his strongholds.
He said: "We are calling on the politicians that lost elections to have a rethink and immediately desist from sponsoring killings and supporting Boko Haram or any terror group to unleash deaths on Nigerians. There are legal proceedings to expressing dissatisfaction with election outcomes without resorting to bloodletting."
He urged the Nigerian Army and other branches of the Armed Forces not to relent in the commendable efforts they have made in saving the country from the killers unleashed on the rest of us by the failed politicians.
"It is apparent that the situation would have been far worse if Nigeria does not have committed leaders in the military.
"Our appeal to the federal government is to repeat an earlier stated position that the situation at hand has gone past the one for political consideration.
"People that are devious enough to send killers after the electorate as punishment for not being voted do not require pampering; what they need is the activation of the full powers of the Nigerian state against them and the military and security agencies should be allowed to deploy this," Gowon said.
"They should get the backing to go after anyone found to be sponsoring these killers irrespective of whether there will be cries of clamp down on the opposition or not," he added.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Buratai, has blamed the violence and banditry in the country on the embittered politicians who lost in the last general elections.
Buratai said this on Wednesday, May 15, during the visit paid to the Army by the House of Representatives committee at the military’s headquarters of the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya in Maiduguri, Bornu state.
“I want to believe and rightly so that what is going on in the northwest is a fall out of the just concluded general elections.
"There are several political interests; politicians in particular who lost in the election and because of their defeat, therefore they are trying to take revenge sponsoring some of those banditry activities and seeming conflicts between farmers and herders," Buratai said.
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