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Amnesty Int’l, ICC worsening Security Situation In Nigeria – Lai Mohammed

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  • The Minister said this while addressing the press on the activities of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in 2020.
  • Unfortunately, a section of the local media has been parroting these organizations without weighing the impact of their constant threats on the security of the nation.
  • Enough is enough. It is sad that these organizations mostly rely on fake news and disinformation to reach their conclusions, as witnessed during the Endsars protest when CNN

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said that the criticism from Amnesty International and the International Criminal Court against the country’s troops is worsening the security situation in the country.

The Minister said this while addressing the press on the activities of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in 2020.

He said, “Gentlemen, let me say straight away that Nigeria is fending off attacks on many fronts, not just from terrorists and bandits, but also from some human rights organizations and the International Criminal Court (ICC) which seem to have colluded to exacerbate the challenges facing the country in the area of security.

“While our security agencies continue to battle these bandits and terrorists, the ICC and some international human rights organizations, especially Amnesty International, have constituted themselves to another ‘fighting force’ against Nigeria, constantly harassing our security forces and threatening them with investigation and possible prosecution over alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes.

“Unfortunately, a section of the local media has been parroting these organizations without weighing the impact of their constant threats on the security of the nation.

“The federal government frowns at this unbridled attempt to demoralize our security men and women as they confront the onslaught from bandits and terrorists.

The Minister added that Nigeria is a sovereign state and will not surrender its sovereignty to any organization while asking ICC, Amnesty International and others to desist from threatening Nigerian troops

“Enough is enough. It is sad that these organizations mostly rely on fake news and disinformation to reach their conclusions, as witnessed during the Endsars protest when CNN – an otherwise respected global news network – went to town with fake news of a massacre. As it turned out, it was a massacre without bodies.

“ As you are aware, we called CNN out and also petitioned the network. Though they acknowledged receipt of our petition, we have yet to hear from them on what actions they intend to take to prevent a recurrence of the fake news they peddled about Nigeria.

“I can assure you, gentlemen that the matter is far from over.”

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