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Amnesty International speaks on relationship with Nigeria




Global human rights group, Amnesty International, has expressed readiness to discard all misgivings and forge a harmonious working relationship with Nigerian authorities.

Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.

Ojigho said that the organisation had a standing invitation to the Nigerian authorities of its readiness to honour an invitation to discuss and resolve all grey areas.

“Amnesty Nigeria has a standing invitation to the Nigerian authorities that we are open to discuss with them whenever they call on us.

“We believe that these misunderstandings have come as a result of lack of clarity on the role Amnesty International plays.

“We are a watchdog, so to speak, we monitor, we document, we report; our role, essentially is to make government see those things that oftentimes attention is not drawn to.

“We are also solution oriented, we give recommendations in our interventions and we understand that there is need for constant dialogue,” she said.

She said that having regular contacts would help clarify the issues that the Nigerian authorities had with Amnesty International.

Ojigho observed that certain vulnerable individuals who were scared of the authorities unusually took their concerns to the organisation for intervention.

“If there are violation of rights, Amnesty International will speak about it,” she said.