Dictator Buhari’s repressive regime, unable to withstand the constant scrutiny from global human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has shamelessly claimed that the organisation has no legal right to exist in Nigeria.
This comes after the organisation consistently held the dictatorship accountable by exposing a series of human rights violations under dictator Buhari’s regime.
In a statement released by the dictator’s spokesman Garba Shehu, the regime said that Amnesty International supports the Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB] which the regime called a terrorist organisation.
In the statement under reference, Garba Shehu said Amnesty International takes sides with a ‘terror group’ IPOB who purportedly murder people, policemen, set public properties ablaze, injure and displace people.
Despite Amnesty International’s public record of fighting human rights violation throughout the world, Garba Shehu claimed in his statement that if IPOB had been a western organisation, Amnesty International would not have challenged the violation of the rights of its members.
According to the spokesman’s defence of the Buhari dictatorship, he claimed without evidence that Amnesty International is playing local politics, used by politicians “to pursue their self-interest.”
He then insisted, saying: “Amnesty International has no legal right to exist in Nigeria,” and called on the organisation’s headquarters to investigate its Nigerian-based officers over what he termed “outrageous misinformation.”
It is curious, however, that the Buhari dictatorship is quick to issue baseless statements each time the repressive regime is called out for violating the fundamental rights of IPOB members, but goes mute when called upon to check the activities of Fulani terrorists who masquerade as herdsmen, maiming, raping, kidnapping and killing innocent people across Nigeria.
It is also ironic for the dictatorship to claim to be fighting terrorism after its blunt refusal to sack Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami who confessed his love for terrorist organisations such as Osama Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and the Taliban. The latter has violently taken over power in Afghanistan, chasing the country’s president away and establishing its policies in the country.
In the series of videos and audios exposed at the time, Pantami also declared his happiness each time infidels [non-Muslims] are killed.
Despite the overwhelming evidence at the time which prompted the social media campaign under the hashtag: “#PantamiMustGo” and “#PantamiResign” the Buhari dictatorship refused to sack the terrorist minister. Instead, the regime released a statement of solidarity with terrorists-loving minister.
It appears, therefore, that the Buhari dictatorship only understands the meaning of terrorism each time IPOB is mentioned.