Activities at the Abuja office of Amnesty International was temporarily brought to a halt as over 1000 protesters on Wednesday stormed the office to protest what they described as ‘plot to destabilise Nigeria.’
The angry protesters claimed that the international agency had concluded plans to release a report, which would accuse the government troops and civilian JTF currently fighting the Boko Haram terrorists in the north east, of routinely detaining, raping, starving and killing women, as well as minors.
This development came barely one week after the Nigerian Army panel of inquiry exonerated the military of colliding with terrorists in the country.
Is There Something Nigeria Army Is Hiding From The World?
First of Nigeria’s political participation and proactive reaction is very low even by African standards. Thus, the protests by a pack of concerned Nigerians over the yet to be released documents of military torture by Amnesty International is to be received with doubts because it is simply out of character for the vast majority of Nigerians to react to such matters that won’t even make it to pub gossip or after-diner conversation or office chitchats.
Even if such documents were already released it would not be a major concern to most Nigerians because the idea of alleged military aggression, extra judicial killings, torture and intimidation by Nigeria police and military personnel has long be an acceptable convention to most Nigerians.
Also, in 2015, the United States’ Government refused an arms deal with the Nigeria Army citing gross human rights abuses as the chief factor.
During the operation python dance exercise across several cities of South East Nigeria, comprising Aba, Umuhia, Onitsha, Awka, they were footages and pictures of graphic military use of force and torture that sparked international comcern.
So when a group of angry protesters besieged the Abuja office of Amnesty International protesting in what they claim to be a false presentation of facts of reports Amnesty International has not yet released one cannot help but wonder if Nigeria’s are becoming politically proactive in sophisticated participation or it’s just another show of pre-emptive soft strike to discredit a valid report.