Boko Haram: Amnesty International Using Fake News to Promote Terrorists’ Agenda- SHAC
A civil society group, Save Humanity Advocacy Centre has described Amnesty International as a tale bearer and propaganda infrastructure in the hands of Boko Haram in spawning fake news.
The stories about 60 persons killed by the Islamic sect in Rann, Borno State, is not only false but contrived by Amnesty International in its usual attack to diminish the efforts of the Federal Government as a failed state whilst dampening the moral of troops to confer advantage on the fleeing elements of Boko Haram.
Having exhausted all local fallacy channels, the Islamic sect has employed the international organization, the SHAC revealed in a statement by Adams Odoh, Executive Director, Intelligence and Investigation Bereau, on Saturday.
However, SHAC urged the Federal Government to expel AI from the country and officially list it as an affiliate of Boko Haram.
“ We all have Amnesty International to thank for alerting the world to the reported killing of 60 persons in Boko Haram’s attack on Rann, Borno state, the international NGO tried its best to romanticise. This latest development in which Amnesty International has turned itself into a tale bearer for publicising Boko Haram’s attack is a new dimension that should leave all genuine stakeholders worried for the simple fact that it is a dangerous turn of events, which is wrong on all levels.
“You may wish to note that Boko Haram’s propaganda infrastructure suffered some measure of decline as the media in Nigeria has increasingly become aware of the dangers of helping the terrorists to promote instances in which they carry out attacks. Some of the so called activists and pseudo-journalists that help Boko Haram to promote its propaganda were also identified, which has made media houses to be wary of posts and comments from such individuals. This lack of visibility on the part of Boko Haram must hurt the confidence of its fighters since they rely on the mainstream and social media to hype their evil deeds for them to be able to strike terror in the heart of Nigerians.
“The loss of access to these identified channels must have prompted Boko Haram to explore extreme options irrespective of whether this would expose its hidden long-term collaborators. This is exactly the risk that the terror group has taken by frontally activating Amnesty International to publicise the attack on Rann. This scenario may appear farfetched but the choice of words used in relating Boko Haram’s acts of terror in the town are consistent with an organization that is desirous of causing widespread terror and panic, which is the same objective that Boko Haram has.
“What makes this latest development worrisome is that the military authorities have asserted that there was no attack in Rann, which confirmed that Amnesty International has again engaged in spawning fake news. The intention for doing this is not farfetched. Amnesty International engaged in propagating fake news as part of its efforts to influence the outcomes of the general elections in favour of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), for which it is known to be working. At this point, it is no longer possible for Amnesty International to deny that it is the liaison between Boko Haram and the PDP, which has been discovered to have recruited the terrorists to disrupt the elections.
“The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) will restate its earlier position that Nigeria must reconsider the political correctness that makes it allow a subversive entity like Amnesty International to freely operate in the country in a manner that undermine the security of the entire country while putting the lives of citizens at risk. The activities of this NGO are bad enough that the work of other interventionist NGOs that are working to bring succour to displaced persons is being hampered. Staffers of these NGOs are placed at risk from the manner of operation that Amnesty International is running in Nigeria.
“In reviewing this situation, it is pertinent that the wellbeing of the citizens takes precedence because each successful operation that Amnesty International carried out, whether by way of its dubious report, tipping off terrorists or clandestinely colluding with them and more recently running their propaganda, makes the quality of life of citizens compromised.
“We will therefore repeat our earlier demand. The Nigerian Government must review its stance and expel Amnesty International from the country. It should be officially listed as an affiliate of Boko Haram to pave way for the organization and its staff to be treated as terrorists in view of their terrorism-supporting activities. Association with the group should be criminalized while no effort should be spared to prevent its operatives from accessing the northeast to interact with their Boko Haram fighters. To this end, Amnesty International should be given 21 days within which to close its offices in Nigeria and its foreign staff expelled.