A non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has described the human rights indictment of the Nigerian military by the USA Congress which makes it difficult to procure sophisticated military hardware to successfully prosecute the counter-terrorism warfare as unsubstantiated and baseless.
HURIWA also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to protest this sweeping indictment of the military with the hierarchy of the US Congress, saying it has it on good authority that there were human rights violations’ redress mechanisms put in place as far back as when Lieutenant General Onyeabor Ihejirika was the Chief of Army Staff.
“It is only an uninformed person that would settle down in his cocoon and issue baseless, sensational, irrational and totally farcical statements derogating and disrespecting with reckless abandon the esteem and respectability of an institution such as the Nigerian military which not too long ago received overwhelming acclaims for efficient peace keeping operations under the United Nations.
‘‘To jump into laughable conclusions of branding the entire military as a hub of rapists and human rights abusers because of some acts of human rights violation by some rogue operatives is nothing but illogical and delusional.”
HURIWA said it has empirical evidence that Ihejirika established the Civil Military Affairs Department of the Army. Since its establishment, the department has conducted several seminars aimed at fostering closer relationship between civilians and the military.
The department remains a channel through which the populace including human rights groups can make their observations on military operations without any hindrance.
HURIWA also stated that it is aware of a subsisting partnership between the Nigerian military and some credible human rights bodies and the institutional authority for human rights protection in Nigeria which is the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria under the leadership of Professor Bem Angwe.
The rights group stated that credible civil society groups in Nigeria are vigilantly providing oversight assessment of the military and would not hesitate to point out any untoward development on the promotion and protection of the fundamental human rights of the citizenry by operatives.
HURIWA, however, appealed to the current hierarchy of the military to upgrade its partnership to promote and protect human rights with credible and functional civil society and human rights organizations, so as to enhance the public image and standing of the military before the global community.

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