Nnamdi Kanu: IHRC Denies Issuing Any Statement on IPOB Leader
- The International Human Rights Commission says insinuations that it issued a statement concerning Nnamdi Kanu are false
- The commission noted that based on its international protocols, it does not dabble into such matters
- The IHRC Country Head/Ambassador for West African countries, Ambassador Dr. Friday Sani made the clarification in a statement
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FCT, Abuja - A group known as International Human Rights Commission, IHRC, has denied making any statement on the arrest and repatriation of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, to Nigeria.
The IHRC in a statement issued on Thursday, July 15 and seen by Legit.ng, said some impersonators made a declaration concerning Kanu in its name, warning that the media and members of the public should be circumspect of such persons.
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IHRC clarifies its stance on international issues
Part of the statement issued by the Country Head/Ambassador for West African countries for IHRC, Ambassador Dr. Friday Sani read:
“As a diplomatic inter-governmental organisation, our policy on crises management is purely mediation role to bring about peace and not to take side with any party and aggravate crises.
“The issue of IPOB agitation and the subsequent violence that has ensured has claimed several lives in the southeastern Nigeria and as a diplomatic specialised organisation with full knowledge of public security and public safety we do not issue such myopic and premature statements which is capable of escalating the crises on ground in Nigeria.
“For the record, we are about the only non-governmental organisation in the world who do not believe in protest or demonstration as a way of making demands from government or bodies owing to our diplomatic principles
“Let me also put it on record that the IHRC establishment across the world is to bridge the gap of bureaucratic bottlenecks created by various state protocols which has hindered the acceleration of the Universal Declaration on human rights by the United Nations in 1948
“As such we are not formed to serve as an antagonist of any government in the world rather we mediate between the government and the people to bring about peace in the world.”
Ambassador Sani further stated that the IHRC under the leadership of Professor Ran Marcin Wasik is administered as a family and national issues of such magnitude must pass through several protocols of approvals before statements can be issued.
He said as a regional organisation, the IHRC has activated its legal volunteers to monitor all political trials.
“The public should therefore disregard the purported publications and maintain their confidence in our capacity to ensure compliance with the universal declaration on human rights.”
Reactions continue to trail Kanu's arrest
In a related development, the Cameroonian government has congratulated Nigeria over the rearrest and extradition of Kanu.
Felix Mbayu, a special envoy from President Paul Biya of Cameroon, congratulated Nigeria when he was received by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Tuesday, July 13.
He said Biya looked forward to a situation in which Nigerian territory would not be available for the Ambazonian movement to destabilize Cameroon.
Meanwhile, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN on Monday, July 12 reacted to the stance of the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, to monitor the trial of Kanu.
Malami, in a statement signed by his media aide, Umar Gwandu and seen by Legit.ng, welcomed the formation of the legal team by the group.
The chief law officer of Nigeria maintained that the decision by the Igbo group is in line with the doctrine of the right of fair hearing that is rooted in Section 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.