British lawmakers’ letter to Commonwealth targeted at destabilising Nigeria, group says

British lawmakers’ letter to Commonwealth targeted at destabilising Nigeria, group says

- A group on Saturday, September 26, condemned a letter addressed to Commonwealth secretary-general by some lawmakers in United Kingdom on the state of the nation

- The group said the lawmakers' letter is aimed at destabilsing Nigeria as a country

- According to the group, the Nigerian government should write to the Commonwealth and advise it against interfering in the affairs of Nigeria as suggested by the parliamentarians

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A civil society group, Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) has condemned a letter by some British lawmakers to the secretary-general of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, on the failure of the federal government to protect Nigerians.

Addressing a press conference, the executive secretary of SHAC, Ibrahim Abubakar, said the letter by members of the United Kingdom's House of Lords is aimed at destabilising Nigeria.  

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Abubakar said the lawmakers having failed in their previous attempts are back at an agenda to incite sectarian violence in the country.

He said the British parliamentarians are also not being sincere and have a motive to cause division in the country.  

British lawmakers’ letter to Commonwealth targeted at destabilising Nigeria, group says
The group has asked FG to write to Commonwealth over the letter by UK lawmakers. Photo credit: The Guardian
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SHAC said the lawmakers failed to rally for international intervention when the Boko Haram attacks and other crisis were at the peak but rather choose to stock the fire of division among Nigerians.

He warned that the UK lawmakers be held responsible for any further breach, degeneration or worsening of the security situation in Nigeria. 

"Our demands to the federal government is that should write to the Commonwealth not to interfere in the affairs of Nigeria in the manner suggested by the APPG." Abubakar said.

Meanwhile, previously reported that a group of British lawmakers wrote a letter to the Commonwealth's Ministerial Action Group (MAG) to beam its search on the Nigerian government.

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The lawmakers in the letter accused the Nigerian government led by President Muhammadu Buhari of failing to protect the lives and property of Nigerians.

In the letter addressed to the secretary-general of the Commonwealth, the lawmakers said that a former chief of army staff, Theophilus Danjuma, had informed them that the armed forces are not neutral in their dealings with perpetrators of killings in Nigeria.

Also, in a swift reaction, the Nigerian government has urged the Commonwealth to ignore the allegations made in the letter.

The presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, in a statement said the security challenges in the country pose a threat to all Nigerian and not a selected few as alleged in the letter.

In other news, the speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, had raised worries over the continued attacks by bandits and terrorists alike across regions of the country.

Gbajabiamila said the security challenges faced by Nigeria have punctured the people's confidence in the ability of the federal government to protect them.

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