The International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has exposed the antics of social media warriors, having denied making comments on the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The commission said that its name was used to say that the authorities in Kenya — the country where Kanu was reportedly rearrested — did not violate the rights of Kanu.
In a statement today, July 16, the IHRC for West Africa, Sani, said that the commission does not “take sides” but prefers to use mediation to resolve issues.
“As a diplomatic inter-governmental organisation, our policy on crisis management is purely a mediation role to bring about peace and not to take sides with any party and aggravate crises.
“The issue of IPOB agitation and the subsequent violence that has ensued has claimed several lives in south-eastern Nigeria and as a diplomatic specialised organisation with full knowledge of public security and public safety we do not issue such myopic and premature statements which are capable of escalating the crises on ground in Nigeria.
“For the record, we are about the only non-governmental organisation in the world who do not believe in protest or demonstration as a way of making demands from government or bodies owing to our diplomatic principles.
“Let me also put it on record that the IHRC establishment across the world is to bridge the gap of bureaucratic bottlenecks created by various state protocols which has hindered the acceleration of the Universal Declaration on human rights by the United Nations in 1948.
“The public should therefore disregard the purported publications and maintain their confidence in our capacity to ensure compliance with the universal declaration on human rights.”