The All Progressives Congress has expressed outrage at Amnesty International’s assertion that more than 120 people had died since President Bola Tinubu’s inauguration on May 29.
The Amnesty International had, in a statement on Tuesday signed by its acting Nigeria Director, Isa Sanusi, decried ongoing killings in the nation by marauding gangs, lamenting that the President’s pledges in his inaugural speech that he would “enact security measures in response to various attacks had not translated into meaningful action.”
However, in a counter-statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Felix Morka, frowned on the AI report, which the ruling party described “a hasty departure from reality.”
The APC scribe said, “While we thank Amnesty International for drawing attention to the lingering security challenges in our country, especially in Plateau, Kaduna, Benue and Zamfara, we find its conclusion hasty and inconsiderate.
“President Tinubu had decried the persistent security breaches in the country and said he would not allow insecurity challenges to bring Nigeria to its knees while other countries are advancing.
“It is therefore uncharitable and inconsiderate of Amnesty International, through its acting Nigeria Country Director, Isa Sanusi, to accuse the new government that is just settling down of dereliction of duty.”
The ruling party alleged that AI was known for stoking internal conflict and citizen antagonism in developing nations “through weaponisation and accentuation of local situations to achieve its sinister objectives while hypocritically looking the other way when similar incidents occur in developed nations, especially in the Western world.”
“Amnesty International and its affiliates are advised to give the young government some time to work things out, in consonance with its pledge to our people, rather than rushing out with its jaded diatribe against the Nigerian government and its security authorities,” the APC said.