The International Human Rights Commission IHRC has finally reacted to the insinuations that the commission issued a statement regarding the arrest of the leader of Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
The group has reportedly denied claims that it issued a statement on the arrest and repatriation of Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria.
Legit.ng reported that, in a statement issued on Thursday 15, 2021 by the group, IHRC stated that the reports are false, noting that the declaration was made by impersonators who aimed at tarnishing the reputation of the commission.
In the statement issued by the Country Head/Ambassador for West African Countries for IHRC, Amb. Dr. Friday Sani reads:
“As a diplomatic inter-governmental organisation, our policy on crises management is purely mediation role to bring about peace and not to take side with any party and aggravate crises.
“The issue of IPOB agitation and the subsequent violence that has ensured has claimed several lives in the southeastern 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 is capable of escalating the crises on ground in Nigeria.
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“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.
“As such we are not formed to serve as an antagonist of any government in the world rather we mediate between the government and the people to bring about peace in the world.”
Amb. Dani added that, arrest and repatriation of Nnamdi Kanu was unconstitutional, noting that Nigerian government did not pass through protocols of approval so, statement could not be issued.