The Nigerian Army has raised the alarm over alleged plans by some foreign media, Non-governmental and Civil Society Organizations in collaboration with some of their Nigerian collaborators and Civil Society Organizations for reasons best known to them, to start making wild claims of alleged human rights abuses by the army.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman, in a statement on Tuesday, said these groups appear to be unhappy with the progress made on the efforts to solve the security problems confronting the nation as manifested in the terrorists’ activities.
He said, “The implication of such act is not lost on us as it is capable of thwarting the gains in the fight against terrorism and insurgency. In addition, these unscrupulous and unpatriotic elements are far less concern about the general well-being of our citizens. They are driven by material and pecuniary gains.
“The NA would like to reiterate and renew its commitment to upholding human right principles and practice. We have been protecting human rights and we are not party to any breach of human rights in our country or during any of our operations. We would not condone any Human rights abuses. Where there are allegations of human rights violation by any individual or group, this would be thoroughly investigated and those found guilty would be brought to book in accordance with extant laws.
“Therefore, the Nigerian Army would not succumb to blackmail and neither would it be distracted from its determined effort of defending the territorial integrity of our great nation and safeguarding the security of its citizens”.
“We would continue to solicit the support of well-meaning Nigerians in this regards”, Col Usman stated.
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