The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called on Amnesty International to stop attacking the Nigerian Army.
Mohammed made the call on behalf of the Federal government at a press conference in Abuja in response to the organization’s accusation that the military burnt some villages and displaced residents.
The minister said he was aware that the Defence Headquarters has responded appropriately to this accusation.
Everyeveryng gathered that the military denied razing down villages and detaining locals unlawfully adding that it does not employ arson as an operational tactic.
Mohammed said “I will like to add that in carrying out their duties, Amnesty International should not cast themselves in the league of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.
He continued, “they should stop the growing practice of constantly attacking the military and casting them as the bad guys when all they are doing is putting their lives on the line to fight terrorists who have no respect for the sanctity of life, who willfully go after women and children, who attack houses of worship without respect or allegiance to any religion.
“Amnesty International should stop providing succor for terrorists by attributing their atrocities to our troops. Our soldiers, who are defending the country, are guided by existing rules of engagement and operational codes of conduct.
“I am aware that the Federal Government has always taken seriously any allegation of a rights violation by soldiers or other security forces. Investigations have been carried out and culprits, if any, punished.