President Muhammadu Buhari, has rejected the United Nations (U.N) assessment and reports on security issue’s in the country.
This was contained in a speech released by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu on Friday on the grounds the United Nations report was inadequate and does not reflect the real situation in the country. However, the Buhari led administration accepts the fact that it is currently facing security challenges.
The Presidency argued that any report on security situation in Nigeria must not leave out intra-group violence as a key contributing factor to the general insecurity in the country is not acceptable by the government in Nigeria.
Shehu said, “In Benue, Taraba, Cross River states and many parts of the country, most of the casualties result from intra-group, inter-group and community violence. Many of the displaced persons across the nation are also victims of these conflicts. Therefore, we are saddened that the rapporteur did not address intra-ethnic conflicts and cattle rustling as key elements in herders/farmers conflicts.”
The Rapporteur, Agnes Callamard, in one report this month, said “Nigeria is a pressure cooker of conflicts”, warning that it posed serious danger to the rest of West Africa.
This is coming after United Nations Rapporteur, Agnes Callamard, in her report earlier this month said Nigeria is a pressure cooker of conflicts and poses a great danger to the rest of West Africa region given the gigantic role Nigeria plays in the region.
According to her, aside from killings by Boko Haram. Banditry, killings by rampaging herdsmen over right of access to farmlands, kidnappings and alleged increasing human rights abuses by Nigerian security forces who are meant to shield the citizens.
Callamard said, “The lack of accountability is on such a scale that pretending this is nothing short of a crisis will be a major mistake and If ignored, its ripple effect will spread in the sub-region given the country’s important role on the continent.”