Zaria bloodbath: Rights group faults Amnesty International’s report

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– A civil society organisation has faulted recent report on the Shiite/army clash in Zaria by Amnesty International

– The group queried Amnesty International’s role in the clash

– The rights group urged Nigerians to disregard the report

The centre for  social justice, equity and transparency (CESJET) civil society group, has described the Amnesty International’s report on the army/Shiite clash as a gross misrepresentation of facts and an attempt to incite sectarian crisis which could snowball into a full blown conflict.

Shiites, military clash in Zaria

Hundreds of Shiites were killed in clashes in December

Ikpa Isaac, the executive secretary of the group stated this while speaking with journalists in Abuja.

He said Nigerians must all unite to demand that Amnesty International’s intrusion in Nigeria’s affairs stop forthwith.

The human rights groups also called for the probe of Mohammed Ibrahim, the country director of the Kano State- born, but Zaria educated  erstwhile career diplomat who was an official of the organisation of Islamic conference Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and a diplomat in Libya to determine if he has affiliations to Islamic fundamentalism.

According to Isaac, the Amnesty International’s report titled “Unearthing the truth: Unlawful killings and mass cover-up in Zaria” is another futile attempt to divert attention from the many atrocities of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) which international organisation has fruitlessly attempted to defend in the past.

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He described the report as a deliberate and concerted effort by Amnesty International to portray Nigeria in bad light, adding that anyone that has been following public discourse on the Zaria incident will see that some lines in the report were taken straight out of the articles that IMN sympathisers had written to hijack the narrative of what the real problem is.

“Despite its criminal intent, one must acknowledge that Amnesty International unwittingly mentioned a fact here. The people holed up with the extremists inside the compound got repeated entreaties from the Army to come out but they refused.

“This speaks volumes; it depicts the mentality of those who have been brainwashed to the point of hearkening to their manipulators while disregarding state institutions.

“Note that the compound has its own medical facility, which AI played smart to describe as makeshift. Why should an individual have a medical facility and a “mortuary”? What else lies inside that compound: a guards’ station, detention cell, an armoury?

“The self-contained nature of this compound should raise questions for the discerning mind since this is a sect that has disavowed the Nigerian state and runs a parallel government with cells scattered nationwide,” he said.

He said questioned the roles that Amnesty International played in destabilizing Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Syria and a host of other nations, adding that the group used this same strategy of masquerading as human rights NGO to highlight sectarian, ethnic and other differences that the people were originally unaware of to an extent of sparking crises that consumed these countries.

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“It is repeating this tired strategy of pitching Shia against Sunni and people of other faiths without bothering to place the disclaimer that IMN is an aberration that is working for foreign influence to terrorise Nigeria. We do not expect AI to make such disclosure since it fits snuggly into its agenda.

“Amnesty International might have proven itself to be a carrion bird and its officials buzzards and vultures that thrive only when there are deaths but Nigerians must rise up as one to reject these war mongers pretending to be saints.”

“We will not allow Amnesty International to make Nigeria its latest stop for the deaths it successfully plied in Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Syria and the former Yugoslavia, where it persistently called for humanitarian intervention that has now been proven to be the code word for invasions,” he said.

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