.A accuses FG of complicity
AMAECHI PERCY ONYEJEKWE, Awka
A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) International Society for Civil Liberties and The Rule of Law (Intersociety) has put the number of victims of Boko Haram and other insurgents in the country between July 2015 and July 2018 at over twenty thousand.
The Rights Group said this figure derived from various statistics made available to the organization since 2015 to date excluded victims of other crimes such as alleged state killings, extra-judicial murders, among others.
Intersociety which held its 10th Anniversary dedicated to victims of insurgents, war crimes among others, said 30 million innocent citizens of Nigeria had their lives and homes devastated in the northern part of the country by Boko Haram, a situation it described as sad, traumatic, pathetic and requiring urgent government action to stop.
The Board of Trustees Chairman of Intersociety, Emeka Umeagbalasi, made the shocking revelation in an interview with Daily Champion in Awka, on Wednesday when the rights group celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Umeagbalasi, who is the former Chairman of Anambra State Chapter of Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), lamented that despite outcry by Nigerians and international human rights organizations over the nefarious activities of Boko Haram, killer herdsmen among others and huge lives of innocent Nigerians being lost to insurgents the Federal Government has allegedly not used its powers to stop killings of Nigerians by herdsmen and Boko Haram.
He alleged that the government appeared to have soft spot for the herdsmen and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, a group President Muhammadu Buhari is its grand patron, which had owned up to some of the killings in Nigeria, adding that government supports the herdsmen in their ugly activities against Nigerians.
“President Buhari is the grand patron of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, a group that has owned up to some of the killings in Nigeria. The president has not resigned from being the patron of Miyetti Allah; the Federal Government has not declared the organization as a terrorist group nor proscribed it a terrorist group.
It is no longer in doubt that there complicity. Over 20,000 Nigerians have been killed between July 2015 and July 2018 by Boko Haram while over 30 million Christians had been devastated in Northern Nigeria. There are many safeguards to stop these unnecessary killings in Nigeria. You don’t need terror to stop terror”, Umeagbalasi said.
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