Following the protest march organized by Global Peace and Rescue initiative, a Civil Society Group in Nigeria against Amnesty International, the Nigerian Labour Congress has condemned the act even as it pledged support for Amnesty International.
Global Peace and Rescue Initiative has alleged that the activities if Amnesty International is unwanted, claiming they breach human rights and pose false report against Nigerian Security agencies on arrest of Boko Haram suspects. GPRI alleges that AI causes threat to the security of the Nation with its report.
The NLC President Comrade Ayuba Wabba who paid a solidarity visit to the AI office in Abuja commended AI for what they have been doing in Nigeria on criminal rights and Justice. He described the invasion of the Amnesty Office by protesters as a huge concern to NLC especially as it relates to hiring of people paid to cause mayhem.
“We condemn the protest and will put a stop to hired crowd. NLC will continue to work with AI to protect human rights and put an end to contractors that hire people to protest against what they do not know about, including paid protest which he said puts Nigeria in bad light amongst International Communities”
Intimating on NLC preparedness to displace any protesters that re-converge or plan to do, Comrade Wabba alleged that the most recent protest by GPRI is a sponsored one that is condemnable.
“We pledge our support for Amnesty International. Our foot soldiers are ready to represent the better interest of the common man”
The Chairman Board of Trustees, Amnesty International Auwal Musa Rafsan Jani said having NLC solidarity in this matter is a call to have a strong support for Nigeria progress. He described the protest as being sponsored and a scam by faceless group that want to disrupt their lawful activity.
“Our work is for the safety of humanity not personal interest. We shall continue to see ourselves as the vanguard of the people especially the vulnerable in the society”