President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Nigerian army to undertake internal inquiry about its operations before he fully embarked on probing the activities of its officers and men.
President Buhari has already determined that one of the first assignments of the incoming Attorney General of the Federation would be to look into the Amnesty International report and advise the government on an appropriate course of action.
In a statement issued by senior special assistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari emphasized given that his government will closely study the report released recently by Amnesty International, in which top ranking officers of the Nigerian military were accused of gross abuse of human rights.
“The president is quite disturbed by the allegations contained in the report. The next step is to look into the allegations and confirm or disprove the disturbing details.This is in addition to the internal inquiry he asked the armed services to undertake by themselves,” the presidency official said.
He also emphasized President Buhari’s commitment to human rights, and his promise that there would be no human rights abuses under his government, adding: “any allegation of human rights abuse that takes place during the tenure of President Buhari’s government will be swiftly investigated and dealt with.” [myad]