CSOs warn CNN against undermining Nigeria’s sovereignty

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The Coalition of Civil Society for Human Rights and Good Governance Africa has warned the Cable News Network (CNN) against deliberate attempts to undermine Nigeria’s sovereignty.

The Human Rights coalition also condemned the news report by the foreign media alleging shooting of End SARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos, on October 20, 2020.

It has, however, called on Nigerians with genuine cases of rights’ violation, to approach judicial commissions of inquiry to address such concerns.

A statement jointly signed by Prof Bankole Amuda, Prof Uzodima Anakwe, Balarabe Hassan Ningi, and Barr (Mrs) Grace Osaze for the coalition, said it supports the position of the Nigerian Army on claims that only blank ammunition was used by soldiers to restore normalcy.

The group based its position on alleged investigations conducted by its team of independent forensic experts.

Tasking the federal government to remain firm against foreign influence, the group said it is worried that CNN relied on the same videos confirmed to be fake, to arrive at its conclusion.

It contended that Nigeria remained a sovereign and independent nation, which is governed by established institutions, rule of law, hence the need for aggrieved persons and groups to follow the due process in ventilating their grievances.

“We recognise the right of CNN to carry out exclusive investigative activities around the world, in a bid to expose corruption, human rights violation and other ills perpetrated by governments or groups/individuals, as the case may be.

“In the face of this, however, we hasten to warn against attempts to package falsehood in the guise of truth, to satisfy the pre-conceived agenda to destroy Nigeria.

“May we warn CNN and the like, that Nigeria is not a banana republic, where cases of provocation and incitement against a constitutional government will be allowed or tolerated”.

“As a responsible group, we have been following proceedings at the Lagos State Judicial Commission of Inquiry and we can say authoritatively, that no family has yet to come forward with evidence of the death of loved ones.

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