These Organisations Are More Interested In Condemning Our Military Than The Perpetrators Of Crimes – Army Laments
The Nigerian Army has called on the National Human Right Commission (NHRC) to defend it against false accusations by the Amnesty International (AI) and other agencies in its counter insurgency operations. The call was made by the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, when NHRC officials paid him a courtesy visit in Maiduguri.
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Nicholas lamented that the AI and other Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) had continued to spread false narrative about the military in its counter insurgency operations, adding that the international NGOs were attributing all the insurgency problems to the military.
He said, “These organisations are more interested in condemning our military but always turned their back on Boko Haram who are the ones perpetrating all sort of crimes against humanity.”
“We are Nigerians too, our soldiers are human beings too and their rights are being violated on daily basis by Boko Haram.”
“The National Human Right Commission should not only visit the military but also visit the cemetery and see the number of our soldiers and colleagues that are buried. These are people who died fighting Boko Haram.”
“We have had cases where our land is taken away but because we are the military, we don’t want to start joining issues with anybody in the court,’’ he said.
Nicholas also stated further that the AI and the other NGOs refuse to condemn Boko Haram for the abduction of Dapchi secondary schools girls in Yobe, adding that the organizations are only concerned with heaping blames on the government.
“Those, that have issues of human rights are always advised to come forward with such cases so that we can come together as an institution and fight such issues. The military will not spare any form of violation in the course of its professional conduct.
“It is our collective responsibility to uplift the image of our country. Nigeria is a sovereign country and we shall do everything within our capacity to defend it.”
In remarks, the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Mr Anthony Ojukwu, reiterated the determination of the commission to strengthen the military’s conduct in their counter insurgency operations, stating that the commission would collaborate with them to enhance its capacity in its operations in the North East and other parts of the country.
He said, “This new collaboration will strengthen the investigation into allegations with the view to unravel the truth. All you needed to do is to give us access.’’
Ojukwu, further, called on the military to always respond to allegations by disciplining erring officers.
He said, “Nobody wants impunity, what is required is for you to objectively respond to these allegations. When an allegation is leveled against you it is left to you to put your own side of the story.”
He also called on the military to adopt new strategies to engage with the organisations. “If any organisation makes any false allegation against you, how you respond to such allegation will be enough to put such organisation on its toes.”
“If they lied against you, your response will be enough to discredit them.”