Pan Niger-Delta group, Save Ijaw Nation Group (SING Foundation) has condemn the continued threat of expulsion and harassment of International Right organisation, Amnesty International, by the authorities of the Nigerian Military, describing it as a total disregard for known democratic values, International protocols and principles of good governance.
The group in a statement issued today and signed by its Executive Director, Idris Usman, said that Amnesty International, as a duly registered organisation, possesses legal operational rights and mandate to protect and defend rights of the citizens irrespective of their socio-economic, ethno-religious and political backgrounds as pledged by Government of Nigeria under relevant national, regional, and global laws including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Protocols on Human Rights and Rules of Law, and particularly, Section 33 to 44 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The group urge Nigerians and the global community, to collectively denounce the unjustifiable threats against the operations of the organization in Nigeria, by the Nigerian Army and some of its sponsored agents, as it reiterated that no responsible institution, should in a manner being undertaken by the Nigerian military, disparage the protection of the rights of vulnerable individuals or groups, which Amnesty International, has been doing.
The group also said it is unfortunate, that rather than appreciating the effort of Amnesty International Nigeria in exposing various atrocities and human rights violations being experienced in the Northeast part of the country, in order to enhance its approach, the Nigerian military continues to engage in empty threats and ridiculous attempt to frustrate efforts to protect human rights, and suppress Amnesty International activities ostensibly to hamper the recurring demand for compliance with Human Rights obligations and good governance.
The Foundation therefore called on the federal government to ensure adequate protection for the operatives and facilities of the Amnesty International Nigeria, as it claimed the organization is now exposed persistent threats, not only from ordinarily groups, but also the Nigerian Army.