2019 elections: Human rights group issues final report on exercise

2019 elections: Human rights group issues final report on exercise

- A human rights group has released a new report on the just concluded 2019 general election

- The group commended the Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and the Nigerian Army in safeguarding the nation's democracy and defending the constitution

- According to the group, Nigeria witnessed professional conduct and proactive approach to violence from the Nigerian Army

The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations and Conflict Resolutions in Nigeria have acknowledged the role played by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and the Nigerian Army in safeguarding the nation's democracy and defending the constitution. 

In its recent report, the group said Nigeria witnessed professional conduct and proactive approach to violence from the Nigerian Army.

According to the human rights group, Nigerian troops rose to the occasion, halting obvious plot to manipulate the elections, especially in the country's oil-rich south-south region.

The group said having thoroughly examined the roles of the government and other critical stakeholders in the conduct of the polls, the Nigerian Army can be absolved from any wrongdoing. 

This conclusion was reached after a team of researchers carefully interviewed political leaders at ward levels, clergymen as well as a segment of the voting population on the level of involvement of the security agencies in the conduct of the gubernatorial and presidential elections in six states.  

These states include Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Rivers, Nasarawa and Zamfara - all alleged to have been embroiled in violence. 

The group further revealed that the claims of human rights violations were not factual and reports that agents of government were used to intimidate voters were based on illogical conclusions. 

In the report signed by its national coordinator, Maxwell Gowon, the group dismissed allegations of partisanship against the Nigerian Army as it could not be substantiated and thus existed as a mere figment of the imagination.  

The group said during its investigation, it could not establish cases of human rights abuses against the Nigerian Army in the six states it visited.

Gowon said: “The Coalition of Civil Society on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria has interacted with members of the host communities identified that the news making rounds on the complicity of the Nigerian Army in undermining the credibility of the electoral process were fabricated with no evidence to substantiate the claims."

“The Coalition of Civil Society on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria states that it was satisfied with the human rights compliance of the Nigerian Army, before, during, and after the 2019 general elections in Nigeria," Gowon said.

“The Coalition of Civil Society on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria.  also states that from reports garnered from the fieldwork, the Nigerian Army indeed stood on the side of the people in protecting our nascent democracy. 

“The Coalition of Civil Society on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria commends the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai for providing that valuable leadership in the course of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria," Gowon added.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the presidential election petition tribunal to cancel the suit filed by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, June 11, prayed the tribunal to strike out the petition filed Atiku challenging re-election on the grounds that it is fundamentally defective.

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