- The chairman of the board of Amnesty International in Nigeria has said that the call for the organisation to leave the country is a joke
- Auwal Musa said AI will not stop exposing human rights violations, perpetrating violence and corrupt practices against citizens
- Musa said what AI Nigeria is doing has been doing in the country is monitoring and documenting human right abuses and asking for accountability on various human rights issues
Amnesty International in Nigeria has said that no form of protest against it will stop the organisation from speaking up on human rights abuse in the country.
Speaking on the anti-RevolutionNow protest that has been staged in its office in Abuja, the chairman of the board of Amnesty International, Auwal Musa, said the organisation will not stop exposing human rights violations, perpetrating violence and corrupt practices.
Vanguard reports that Musa, popularly known as Rafsanjani said, that the protest by some of the groups shows that some people in government is not comfortable with protection of citizens' right which is AI's mission in Nigeria.
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He also said that asking AI to leave Nigeria through these kind of protests is a joke because the international organisation is not engaging in any violence or sponsoring anything that is illegal in Nigeria.
He said what AI Nigeria is doing has been doing in the country is monitoring and documenting human right abuses and asking for accountability on various human rights issues especially against the citizens.
"Asking Amnesty International to leave is a joke, we are not going anywhere because we are Nigerians and nobody can take us out of Nigeria," Musa said.
Alleging that some people in security agencies are behind the anti-AI protests, Musa said the sponsors are angry these people do not want conflict across the nation to end as they have mapped out a big market from such.
"Those who want to leave so they would continue to perpetrate their human rights abuses and evil they will be the ones to leave and we are not going anywhere."
“The brain behind this harassment are people who are in uniform and not in uniform that continue to undermine basic fundamental human rights of Nigerians, these are people who do not want conflict, violence and crisis do not stop in Nigeria to justify stealing more money that is why they are angry with Amnesty International, CSOs, because is a big market for them and we are saying this cannot continue," Musa said.
Musa further called on the Nigerian government know that this action they are taking in threatening CSOs including AI will not go well with unification process across the globe.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a CSO, Concerned Citizens Conference of Nigeria, protested at the Abuja office of AI on Friday, August 2.
The CSO during the protest accused AI of organising the #RevolutionNow protest of Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters'.
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