ABUJA – Some civil society organizations (CSOs), on Thursday, said the rejection of Amnesty Worldwide’s timeline investigative report on the taking footage of #EndSARS protesters on the Lekki Tollgate by the Presidency was not surprising.
The Specific Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, whereas speaking as a customer on Channels TV’s Daybreak Every day, had alleged that the report was skewed, together with that Amnesty Worldwide couldn’t have possessed additional data about points occurring throughout the nation than the President.
Nonetheless, in separate interviews with Vanguard in Abuja, the CSOs dismissed Adesina’s explanations as inconsequential and pedestrian.
The Approved Counsel to #RevolutionNow Movement, Inibehe Effiong Esq., said: “It doesn’t lie throughout the Presidency’s place to each settle for or reject the AI report. The doc was launched into most people space and by no means submitted to the President.
“It’s unfortunate that the Federal Authorities appears to be missing the prospect launched by the report to deepen its inquiry into the massacre of innocent Nigerian protesters.
“The report is there throughout the public home for anyone to endure and draw inferences as to who’s telling the truth between the Presidency and Amnesty Worldwide.
“We ponder it shameful that the federal authorities has not realized the heaps take their self-contradictory explanations about what transpired on ‘Black Tuesday’ in Lekki with a pinch of salt.”
Moreover, the Programme Director, Yiaga Africa, Cynthia Mbamalu, whereas speaking on the occasion, said: “We weren’t anticipating the Presidency to easily settle for each the Amnesty Worldwide report, or that of the various judicial panels of inquiry which have thus far been prepare at utterly totally different ranges.”
She challenged the Federal Authorities to come back again clear with the whereabouts of the panel opinions that indicted the military of utmost human rights violations, notably the mass taking footage and burial of the Shi’ites in Zaria 5 years up to now.
Mbamalu moreover said, “Yiaga Africa is additional concerned with monitoring the proceedings of the various panels set as a lot as look at the Lekki taking footage with a view to advocating for unconditional implementation of the opinions that can emerge for the inquiries.
“In controversies as this, we depend on the Nationwide Assembly to checkmate the supervisor arm of presidency with a view to creating certain that people are made to account for the additional-judicial killing of unarmed protesters, these found culpable are prosecuted, whereas the victims and their households are compensated as a therapeutic course of.”
Speaking in the identical vein, the convener of Centre for Liberty, Raphael Adebayo, said, “The Presidency’s rejection of the AI report is inconsequential because of, as far as everyone knows, the investigative timeline was constructed on data which can be universally sacred.
“So, Adesina’s remarks merely reinforce the thought in some quarters that the federal authorities is ‘tone deaf’ to the yearnings and aspirations of the heaps.
“Nonetheless what points most on this state of affairs is that justice is not solely served, nonetheless actually seen to be served. Capturing ineffective, unarmed protesters who’ve been waving the Nigerian flag and singing the nationwide anthem by suspected military personnel portions to an act of treason.
“So, President Buhari ought to discover that the buck stops at his desk as a result of the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces to protect and defend the sovereignty and integrity of the nation.
“The onus lies with him to tell Nigerians who desecrated the symbols of our nationhood. If the Presidency is denying the AI report, it ought to then inform Nigerians who ordered the Lekki massacre.”
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