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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Rights Groups Back Gen. Ihejirika's Decision to Sue Stephen Davis over Boko Haram Sponsorship Allegation

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, and its continental body,  Association of African Writers on Human and Peoples Rights, AFRIRIGHTS, have jointly backed the decision at the weekend by the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Onyeabo Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd), to institute a judicial proceeding against the self-acclaimed negotiator with Boko Haram, Dr Stephen Davis of Australia challenging the allegations linking him (General Ihejirika) to the sponsorship of the dreaded terrorist organisation.
The rights groups have at the same time thrown their weight behind the clean bill of health given General Ihejirika by the Department of State Security, DSS.
The rights groups expressed strong doubts on the possible links between the patriotic leadership style adopted whilst in military service by General Ihejerika which significantly quashed several attempts by the armed Islamic Insurgents to successfully attack several soft civilian targets, describing the allegations of sponsorship of the group as “unbelievable and substantially gutter allegations.”
The human rights organisations said it was inconceivable that a fine gentleman like Ihejirika who spearheaded the establishment and funding of a vibrant pro-human rights unit within the Army headquarters known as Civilian-Military Relations Unit could be so linked to the sponsorship of a well sophisticated terror group which has links with global jihadist platforms and which the then Chief of Army Staff waged unrelenting battle with, in order to crush them.
In a media statement jointly signed by the national coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the national media affairs director, Ms Zainab Yusuf of the HURIWA, on behalf of both rights bodies, the groups said when the “wild and substantially half-baked beer parlour tissues of lies were circulated by the Australian Dr Stephen Davis in which he in an unmistakable but mischievous fashion alleged that the erstwhile Chief of Army Staff, General Ihejirika was involved in the sponsorship of the dreaded Islamic rebels known as Boko Haram, we took it with a pinch of salt hoping that in the shortest possible period the person being wrongly accused in the most bizarre way by a foreigner who wears a self-acclaimed toga as the sole individual negotiator with the Boko Haram, will rise to the occasion and provide unassailable and evidence-based responses and we are indeed glad that General Ihejirika has not disappointed we the members of the organised civil society community in Nigeria and on the African continent regarding his complete state of innocence.”
The Rights groups further stated: “After a very comprehensive background investigation of the official and unofficial activities of the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, General Onyeabor Ihejirika, we have found out that his well considered defence against this range of wild allegations of sponsorship of the Boko Haram Insurgency for now remain unassailable and impregnable given the list of projects and units that this fine gentleman established whilst in service and indeed while he headed the Nigerian Army and this included the establishment of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army with operational location in the epicentre of the counter insurgency activities of the joint military task force in Maiduguri.
“General Ihejirika without any shadow of doubts was responsible for the consolidation and strengthening of the Nigerian Army's media information processing centre, an outfit credited with liberalising the unimpeded flow of information concerning the counter insurgency battles waged by the Nigerian military.  This gentleman also established many pro-democracy structures within the Nigerian military to promote and protect the professional and human rights of the fighters. We then wonder from where this Australian got his false and substantially embarrassing allegations linking General Ihejirika even in the remotest of ways with the sponsorship actively or passively of the completely armed Islamic terror group.
“HURIWA and AFRIRIGHTS have taken profound notice with delight the decision of General Ihejirika through his formidable team of legal professionals headed by the reputable Professor of Law and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria Professor C.U Ilegbune to warn through a strongly worded legal notice/letter to Dr Stephen Davis, the Australian self -made negotiator, to demand that he tenders an immediate and comprehensive apology within specific legal period of time and pay compensation of $50 Billion USD or face huge legal battles to be waged by him to clear his name of these damaging but false allegations linking him to the dreaded Boko Haram Insurgents.”
HURIWA is a democracy inclined non-governmental organisation with over 20,000 members across Nigeria.

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