A frontline Pro-Democracy Non Governmental Organisation-Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has condemned Amnesty International, AI, over what it called meddlesome and unnecessary interference with the proceedings of the different investigative panels set up by both the National Human Rights Commission and the Kaduna State government to unravel the circumstances surrounding the recent fracas between the Zaria based Islamic movement known as Shiites and the Nigerian Army last year.
HURIWA faulted the position of Amnesty International which criticised the inclusion by the Kaduna State government of representatives of the military and paramilitary in the judicial commission of inquiry set up by the Kaduna State government on the Zaria clash.
It maintained that the inclusion of few members drawn from the Armed forces even when some of those nominees are retired, is to create plurality and far reaching determination of the remote and immediate circumstances surrounding that unfortunate incident which the Army blamed on the attempts by suspected armed members of the Shiites movement for plotting to assassinate the Army Chief, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.
The group charged the Amnesty International to allow local investigative mechanisms to complete their assignments before jumping to conclusions. “Whilst Nigeria tries to resolve the crisis it’s sad that Amnesty International is pouring fuel literally on the fire of discord which these panels are set up to resolve comprehensively,” HURIWA said.


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