A group of Civil Society (CSOs) and faith-based organisations have urged the Federal Government to be firm on its position to crush insurgents without any further delay, saying the recent kidnap of the Dapchi girls is a conspiracy between those it described as some international actors and their collaborators who exist in Boko Haram plotting the disintegration of the Nigerian state.
The group which comprises of over 50 Civil Society Organisations, NGOs and Faith-based organisations, at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, addressed by it’s national coordinator, Mrs. Jaiyeola Mohammed, said it was curious that the acclaimed international actors suddenly got audible and are bringing up issues aimed at ridiculing the nation and its leaders when it thus appeared that the insurgents are losing grounds.
Mrs. Mohammed explained that the group was unanimous in its stand in view of what it described as the threat the activities of the organizations posed to the security and integrity of the country.
“In the previous years, a lot of the organizations taking part in this press conference have variously raised alarm about the threats posed to Nigeria by Transparency International, Amnesty International and Boko Haram.
“Expressing such concerns had made each of these entities to beat retreats. Perhaps, we had the illusion that those behind the nefarious activities of these groups are rational beings, who gave up on destroying Nigeria once citizens, through groups like ours, have clearly expressed our desire not to see our country destroyed.
“It is, however, now glaring that they never gave up; what they instead did is to coordinate and synchronize their evil plot.”
It further charged Nigerians and those in authority to interrogate why Amnesty International and Transparency International went into hibernation until it was certain that Boko Haram has become history.
“The two organizations became non-existent again until this month when they launch a new phase of their plot. As usual, their choice weapons are reports that ridicule Nigeria while at the same time blackmailing leaders and decision makers of the country.”
The group explained that sequence of events between the Book Haram and the acclaimed international organisation was suspicious.
“The Boko Haram abduction of school children, publication of Amnesty International and Transparency International’s reports happen over the course of 96 hours, with evidence that these events were coordinated for maximum impact. The objective is to make Nigerians to forget the labour and efforts that have been put in to extinguish terrorism from the country.
“On Monday February 19, 2018 as many as 105 students were abducted by gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists, who invaded the Government Girls’ Science Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State.
“Transparency International, on Wednesday February 21, 2018 published its annual Corruption Perception Index, CPI, in which it said perception of corruption in Nigeria worsened between 2016 and 2017.
“Amnesty International released its 2017/2018 Human Rights report on Thursday February 22, 2018 in which it accused the Nigerian military of human rights violation in the counter-insurgency war against Boko Haram and other terrorists.”
The group further alleged that the same individuals run Transparency International, Amnesty International and several affiliated local NGOs in Nigeria.
Expressing strong reservations about the kidnap of the Dapchi girls, the group urged the military to be resolute in prosecuting the war against insurgency and resist paying any ransom for the release of the girls.
“The government must not pay any ransom for the girls’ release as we gathered that such funds would be paid to weapons supplier that are on standby to supply arms meant to revive Boko Haram.
“We urge the Nigerian military to go after the abductors while the intelligence community should work to concretely expose the links between the saboteurs undermining Nigeria. Anyone that dares the will of Nigeria to remain a successful country should be decisively dealt with.
“Threats of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and other international organizations have failed to stop the Nigerian military from uniting and protecting the sovereignty of our dear country,” the group concluded.