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Stop Denigrating Buhari, Group Advises Amnesty Int’l

The Buhari Media Support Group has advised the London-based human rights group, Amnesty International, to avoid biased and unfair re­porting on the Nigeri­an government which it said, has shown sin­cere commitment to human rights.

A press statement issued by the head of the BMSG in Abuja, Malam Mohammed Labbo, disagreed with the latest Amnesty International report accuseing the Buhari administration of sup­pressing dissent, op­pression of critics, the arbitrary detention of journalists and crack­down on peaceful pro­tests by the Bring Back Our Girls group.

Malam Labbo said such sweeping allega­tions against the gov­ernment by Amnesty International without compelling evidence of specific cases of journalists that were detained because of their opinions and pro-Biafra members killed by security forces, is unhelpful and unfair.

He also said there was no truth whatso­ever that the BBOG group and Shiite mem­bers are being op­pressed or molested by security forces.

According to Labbo, the Amnesty Interna­tional relied on one-sided stories to judge the government un­fairly, adding that the Buhari administration has never abandoned the efforts to rescue the Chibok schoolgirls.

He said the President had granted audience to the BBOG group a number of times, and also sent representa­tives to address them.

The BMSG spokes­man explained that it is practically impossible for the President to ad­dress the BBOG each time the group liked, regardless of his own tight schedule or con­venience.

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