Buhari speaks on Amnesty International working against Nigerian Army


President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to allegations by the Nigerian Army that the Amnesty International was working hard to destabilize the country.

Owojela's Blog had reported that the Nigerian Army had called for the closure of the Amnesty International offices in Nigeria, alleging that there was credible evidence that the organisation was working hard to destabilise the country.

Reacting, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement on Monday said, “ While President Buhari cherishes and encourages the noble ideals on which institutions like Amnesty International are founded, the organisation’s operations in Nigeria seem geared towards damaging the morale of the Nigerian military.
“It often appears as if the Nigerian government is fighting two wars on terror: against Boko Haram and against Amnesty International.
“The obvious bias and inaccuracies in Amnesty International’s recent country reports on Nigeria risk Amnesty’s reputation as an impartial international organization,’’ the statement added.
Buhari, therefore, appealed to the leadership of Amnesty International to scrutinise its advocacy in Nigeria, “especially as it relates to the war against terrorism’’.