Amnesty International says it campaigned for Buhari’s release from house arrest in 1986

Amnesty International says it campaigned for Buhari’s release from house arrest in 1986

- Amnesty International (AI) has recalled how it advocated for the protection of Muhammadu Buhari's rights when he was detained

- The human rights group also detailed how it raised concerns over the detention of Festus Keyamo in 2002

- The NGO is known globally for championing the respect of human rights

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A human rights group, Amnesty International (AI) has disclosed that it has been advocating for the respect of human rights in Nigeria since 1967.

AI in a tweet on Sunday, October 4, disclosed that it once launched a campaign for the release of Muhammadu Buhari from house arrest in 1986.

Amnesty International says it campaigned for Buhari’s release from house arrest in 1986

Buhari was detained after he was ousted from power by the Babangida regime. Photo credits: Garba Shehu
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The non-governmental organisation (NGO) said it wrote to the then military government (the Ibrahim Babangida regime) seeking the protection of Buhari’s rights.

AI also disclosed that it campaigned for his release of a lawyer, Festus Keyamo when he was detained at an unknown location in 2002.

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The rights group said it demanded the rights of Keyamo be protected during the period.

The NGO which is widely known for condemning violations of rights globally has repeatedly accused Nigerian security forces of engaging in human rights violations.

AI has particularly raised concerns about the conduct of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and members of the Nigerian military towards the respect of human rights.

In another report, the Kano state government has been asked to immediately quash the death sentence handed down to a musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu by a Sharia court in Kano state for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Mohammed.

The demand was made by Amnesty International (AI) in a tweet on Thursday, August 13.

The rights group described the conviction of the singer as a travesty of justice, adding that from all indication, the musician did not get a fair hearing.

Legit recalls that the international community has also faulted the death sentence passed on Sharif-Aminu.

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