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Human rights violation in Buhari’s regime

Human rights violation in Buhari’s regime
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ICC, Amnesty International concerned about the Nigerian government’s defiance.

With a long list of complaints, President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration has been reputed for its reported incessant harassment and intimidation of journalists, human rights activists, government critics and peaceful protesters. Despite the numerous concerns raised by major stakeholders, recent reports as to how human rights violations have surged under the Buhari-led government have emerged. The use of security operatives to disrupt peaceful protests and harass government’s critics and journalists has been on a roll.

The government has reportedly also shown great hostility towards the Nigerian Judges, as well as immense indifference to the rulings of the court of law, further undermining the power and authority possessed by the law court and the notion of access to justice. With reports that this administration is continually violating human rights and acting with impunity and disdain for court orders, sources have pointed out that the Nigerian Military and Police Force are culpable of this crime, especially in their handling of the war against insurgency and other separationist movement in the country. Amnesty International, in its 2020 report, indicated that the Nigerian security forces indulged in immense human rights violations such as torture, excessive force and unlawful killings.

Army brutalized innocent civilians in the guise of fighting insurgency.

Amnesty International also reported that the Nigerian authorities also heavily repressed human rights, such as freedom of expression, movement and peaceful assembly. The report highlighted the brutal actions taken against a pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra and other Yoruba self-determination groups. The popular Lekki Toll Gate massacre of October 20, 2020, where military personnel were unleashed to brutalize peaceful protesters is another instance indicating the extrajudicial brutality of the Buhari-led administration. As such, Amnesty International expressed its disappointment at the International Criminal Court for not bringing the perpetrators to justice in spite of the evident human rights violations by the military. AI stated that the Nigerian military had been overtly notorious in their dealings, expressing worry in regards to the fact that the Nigerian authorities were protecting these perpetrators.

Another source pointed that of the ICC had acted, these perpetrators would have been brought to justice for crimes against humanity. Reports indicated that the Nigerian Army had violated the rights of numerous innocent citizens in the North Eastern parts of the country, in the guise of fighting Boko Haram. The source further added that the Nigerian government has been nonchalant as regards addressing these overt violations. The government sworn to protect the people is at the forefront of enacting force and suppressing its citizens.

ICC working on new strategies to bring these perpetrators to justice.

Some indicated that the prosecutors at the International Criminal Court were also worried as to the lack of cooperation received from the Nigerian government at prosecuting the perpetrators of these crimes. Another privy source at the ICC noted that the court was now working on new paradigms of bringing these perpetrators to justice. Reports stated that the attention was now on the new government to ensure that those responsible for these crimes do not enjoy government immunity. One analyst pointed out that the immunity given to these perpetrators by the current administration made them very unpopular globally and handicapped at getting global support.

A source within the military also said that upon the end of President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration, immunity enjoyed by numerous service chiefs would elapse, which would give chance to an unhindered prosecution of those responsible for these human rights violations. Recently, an international news agency, Reuters, accused the Nigerian Military for its involvement in the killing of children during its war against the Islamist insurgency in the Northeastern parts of the country. This report was leveled on the claims of more than 40 soldiers and civilians as regards witnessing military men brutalize children during their operations.

Reports of the Nigerian army enacting an abortion program surfaces.

According to prior reports on how the army indulged in the enactment of an abortion program in the Northeast surfaced, where thousand of pregnancies from women and girls, captured and raped by insurgents were terminated. On this, O’brian, Hale and other legal experts noted that forced abortion could also amount to crimes against humanity. The Secretary of the United Nations, Antonio Gutierres on December 9, urged the Nigerian government to investigate the Reuters’ abortion report.


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22 days ago

Human rights violation in Buhari’s regime – ICC, Amnesty International concerned about the Nigerian government’s defiance. – Express your point of view.

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22 days ago

This administration has earned a reputation for its allegedly never-ending campaign of intimidation and harassment directed on journalists, human rights activists, government critics, and peaceful protesters.

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22 days ago

The human rights violation is more pronounce in Buhari led administration. Several lives have been lost in this regards. The international bodies needs to come to our aids.

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22 days ago

It has been going from bad to worse when it comes to the government’s deployment of security operatives to harass journalists and critics of the administration during peaceful protests.

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22 days ago

Human right violation happen most in this administration several people we’re denial of their right and have lost there life trying to fight for their right

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22 days ago

It can’t be erased that the incumbent administration has witnessed a lot of right violation across the country especially with the mere citizens. Taking the EndSars protest where a lot of people lost their life. It’s really unfair things needs to change.

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22 days ago

Concern was voiced regarding the fact that Nigerian authorities were shielding the perpetrators of these crimes despite the fact that members of the Nigerian military had been blatantly notorious in their dealings.

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22 days ago

Concerns were voiced over the fact that the Nigerian authorities were shielding members of the Nigerian military who were known to have engaged in egregiously shady behavior.

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22 days ago

The current administration’s decision to protect these criminals has made them very unpopular around the world and made it hard for them to get support from anywhere.

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22 days ago

I am say that the Buhari regime is the worst in term of violating of human right and abuse of power by the government agencies responsible for protecting of life’s and properties of her citizens which is very bad and in a sane society the head of the government can go to jail after his regime.

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22 days ago

condemning the Nigerian military of having a hand in the deaths of children in the country’s northeastern regions while fighting an Islamist insurgency there

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21 days ago

This Buhari led administration have been insensitivity to the right of the citizens. Many of our right have been violated. We need international bodies intervention in this situation to fight for our right.

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21 days ago

The government has taken its oath to serve the people and protect them, but instead it is leading the charge to implement force and suppress the people.

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21 days ago

Buhari also violate count order by not releasing ipob leader. Mazi Nnamdi kanu. Government is breaking the law

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21 days ago

Because of the decision made by the current administration to shield these criminals, they are very unpopular in other parts of the world, and it will be difficult for them to receive support from anywhere.

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21 days ago

The government swore to serve and protect the people, but it’s leading the effort to oppress them.

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21 days ago

I think the Buhari dictatorship is the worst in terms of human rights violations and government institutions abusing their responsibility to safeguard citizens’ lives and property.

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20 days ago

According to Amnesty International’s 2020 report, the Nigerian security forces engaged in serious human rights breaches include torture, using excessive force, and killing people without a warrant.

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20 days ago

According to reports, the government has also demonstrated extreme antagonism toward Nigerian judges and a great deal of disregard for their decisions, further eroding the legitimacy of the legal system and the idea of access to justice.

Abusi
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19 days ago

Human rights were violated a lot by the buhari led government. It is important for us to know that the government did not give room for rule of law.

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