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HURIWA accuses Iran, Amnesty of meddlesomeness over Army, Shi’ites clash


huriwa-logoHUMAN Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has criticised Iranian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Saeed Koozechi for unnecessarily interfering in the recent fracas between the Shiites Islamic movement and the Nigerian Army

The group also accused the Amnesty International of meddlesomeness and undue interference in the proceedings of the different investigative panels set up by both the National Human Rights Commission and the Kaduna State Government to probe the incident.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, HURIWA’s leader, Emmanuel Onwubiko, maintained that Iran has no moral rights to criticise the panels investigating the incident especially as Iran allegedly has the most notorious human rights records globally.

HURIWA also maintained that it was unbecoming of the diplomat of Iran in this country to launch unwarranted media attacks on the sovereign nation of Nigeria and for attempting to railroad Nigeria into what measures to adopt to resolve her internal problems.

HURIWA consequently called on the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister to take stern diplomatic measures to address the issue as well as check any subterranean plots the Iranian Ambassador may have hatched with his Nigerian affiliates to endanger Nigeria’s national security interest.

“With the increased strikes by the armed terrorists in Nigeria, we are hereby asking the Nigerian government to treat all allegations of interference by any foreign country as a breach of national security because it becomes inconceivable how the terrorists have continued to get arms supplies.

Noting that Iran had earlier described the continued incarceration of the leader of the Shiite Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, as illegal and unfair, HURIWA said Iran’s notoriety for human rights violations is unprecedented, which led the United Nations Human Rights Council to recently condemn the widespread abuses of human rights in the country.

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