The Federal Government of Nigeria has accused some international organisation of supporting terrorists against Nigeria.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, in a statement issued in Lagos during a press conference, alleged that some foreign entities including the human rights groups such as Amnesty International and the International Criminal Court were being used to frustrate Nigeria’s efforts to deal with the Boko Haram menace.
The Minister who spoke on the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari in various spheres of national life in 2020, said that threats of sanctions and other unwholesome tactics being used to threaten and demoralise the nation’s military and security services only serve the interests of terrorists and further put Nigeria’s security in jeopardy.
Despite the troubling state on the nation’s security (especially in the North), Mr. Lai noted that the nation is making tremendous progress in tackling banditry and kidnapping.
He however noted that the problem is that Nigeria is suffering from attacks not only from terrorists and bandits, “but also from some human rights organisations 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 organisations, 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.
“The federal government frowns at this unbridled attempt to demoralise our security men and women as they confront the onslaught from bandits and terrorists. Nigeria did not join the ICC so it can become a pawn on the court’s chessboard. It beggars belief to see that a nation that is fighting an existential war against bandits and terrorists is constantly being held down by an international body which it willingly joined,” he said.
Speaking further, the Minister warned the; “ICC, Amnesty International and their cohorts” to desist from threatening the nation’s troops and putting the security of the country in jeopardy.
“Nigeria is a sovereign state and will not surrender its sovereignty to any organisation. Enough is enough,” Mohammed warned.
Speaking on the #EndSARS report by the Cable News Network (CNN), Lai said that CNN had acknowledged its recent petition over its documentary series on the October #EndSARS protest, adding that the government was yet to hear from them. He insisted that the matter is not yet over.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.