Pro-democracy group backs anti-Amnesty International protests

• salutes brave Nigerians for their stance • insists ‘human rights’ body has betrayed Nigeria

A group, Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), has thrown its weight behind the call for the expulsion of Amnesty International (AI) from the country, even as it saluted the brave people of Nigeria who stood up in their numbers to draw the attention of the world to AI’s nefarious and destabilization activities.

CNM gave the support following a peaceful protest by some well-meaning Nigerians on Tuesday, calling for the expulsion of AI from the country.

Secretary-General of CNM, Dr Maxwell Obioma, in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday, said Nigerians were resolute in the task of protecting the country from the clutches of Amnesty International as the citizens were now aware of the body’s plot in conjunction with some foreign interests such as the Iranian government to truncate the nation’s democracy.

“The Coalition for Nigeria Movement, a civil society organization at the vanguard of ensuring the sustenance of good governance and democracy in Nigeria, wishes to applaud the hundreds of thousands of Nigerians that showed solidarity in the quest for the protection of our nascent democracy.

“We were overwhelmed by the large turnout of people who came out in their numbers under one accord, which was aimed at highlighting the atrocities of Amnesty International in their ignoble quest to see to the disintegration of Nigeria.

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“As a people, we are aware of the plot by Amnesty International in conjunction with some foreign interest that has been plotting for the disintegration of Nigeria manifest in their disjointed and often fabricated reports about Nigeria.

“This much they have carried on unabated and most recently the unholy alliance they entered with the Iranian Government to cause havoc and crisis of unimaginable proportion in Nigeria through the sponsorship of militant groups under various nomenclatures,” Obioma said.

According to him, the despicable part of AI’s plot is that it has bought some Nigerian non-government organizations and legal practitioners to its fold with astronomical sums, expressing the belief that AI had betrayed Nigeria by entering into a pact with Iran to promote and protect the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).

He said it was an understatement to say the activities of the IMN had indeed brought sorrow and tears on the faces of innocent Nigerians, adding that it was indeed a shame to imagine that some of those involved were Nigerians who recite the National Anthem and National pledge.

“That the activities of the IMN have indeed brought sorrow and tears on the faces of innocent Nigerians is an understatement. And to imagine that some that call themselves Nigerians and recite the National Anthem and National pledge is indeed a shame,” he said.

“The Coalition for Nigerian Movement wishes to advise those Nigerians that have decided to stand the truth on its head and think they cannot survive without Amnesty International should have a rethink and retrace their steps because of Arise Oh Compatriots, Nigeria call Obey.

“They must indeed obey the call for a greater and prosperous Nigeria that has refused to be susceptible to the whims and caprices of some vested interest that are hell-bent on the disintegration of the country.

“The constant attack by Amnesty International on the Nigerian state is indeed part of the grand plot it has entered with the Iranian Government that involved the payment of millions of dollars in return for spreading falsehood against Nigeria before the international community.

“We consequently wish to state that Iran or the IMN should not add to our troubles, and they must respect the sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a reason why all well-meaning Nigerians must join in the call for the expulsion of Amnesty International from Nigeria,” Obioma further counselled.

Obioma, while hailing the Nigerians for standing for their sovereignty, counselled Amnesty International to have a rethink and retrace its steps as Nigerians were resolute in the task of protecting the country from its clutches.

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