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BNC appeals to Amnesty Int, Red Cross over Nigerians in Libya

By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—Benin National Congress (BNC), a socio-cultural organization in Edo state, has appealed to Amnesty International and the Red Cross Society to urgently come to the aid of hundreds of Nigerians facing execution in Libya and Morocco .

The group condemned what it described as the non-challant attitude of the Federal Government and other political office holders towards the matter and vowed that history would not forgive them if the victims were allowed to die in Libya.

In a letter addressed to Amnesty International and the Red Cross Society, signed by the BNC President, Comrade Aiyemenkhue Edokpolo, the group commended the efforts made so far by Abike Dabiri, a member of the House of Representatives, but stressed the need for international agencies to intervene in the matter so as to get the attention of the Libyan government.

According to the group,  “we are not unmindful of the moves being made by the government and concerned citizens of Nigeria over their release and safe return to Nigeria; yet we strongly believe that given your very credible profile of sustained dedication to the cause of the dejected; displaced; condemned and war-ravaged peoples all over the world, it has become expedient to solicit same for the sake of our Nigerian people.

The group noted that the fate of the detainees had been compounded by the ambiguous cooperation between Nigeria’s foreign Affairs Ministry and the Libyan authorities for well over one month.

“Some of the victims are on genuine course of businesses and tourism, so it will be hasty generalization for the Libyan and Moroccan governments to tag them all as miscreants and criminal aliens.

“Our primary aim is to enlist the solidarity of your noble group towards the expeditious release of these Nigerians who are currently being allegedly persecuted albeit secretly.

“While diplomatic arrangements are being made by governments and concerned humanitarian organizations, we plead that the government and people of Libya and Morocco should be kind enough to refrain from acts capable of escalating the humanitarian crisis, like the allegations of rape, robbery and assault on the detainees and other lawabiding Nigerians resident in their respective countries,” it stated.

The group asked that more international pressures be piled on the governments of the two countries to reassure the detainees and their families of the safe return of the affected persons.

“While we commend the leadership of the House of Representatives, especially the Abike Dabiri-led committee, we are respectfully disappointed at other top elected and appointed state and national leaders respectively, because they have been very silent and seemingly insensitive to the plight of the thousands of Nigerians who are victims of years of misrule perpetuated by the political class and self-induced immorality on the part of our youths.

“This plea is further predicated on our strong believe that unless the issue is addressed in favour of the safe return of the detainees, the consequences of their deaths by hanging or any other forms of criminal execution will be immeasurable in NIgeria, as the multiplier-effect will be better imagined.

“This is so because Nigerian youths will react over the killings or execution and such actions could not be predicted,” it warned.


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