Amnesty International Launches #TalkYourTruth Campaign, Decries Alarming Rights Abuses In Nigeria

Global watchdog, Amnesty International in Abuja, Nigeria on Monday launched the #TalkYourTruth marketing campaign, saying it’s to permit residents to talk up and categorical their voices in the course of the rising human rights abuses.

AI acknowledged that it’s starting the marketing campaign to guard the “freedom of expression in Nigeria as critics, journalists and individuals who express dissenting views face intimidation, threats and sometimes arrest by security forces.”


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The AI Country Director, Osai Ojigho, acknowledged this in her deal with, including that on many events, Nigerian authorities reply with violence and threats to people and teams who categorical dissenting opinions.

“It is unacceptable that in Nigeria, those who exercise freedom of expression through critical opinions sometimes face threats, verbal and physical assaults, indiscriminate arrest, torture, detention and prosecution through trumped-up charges and abuse of the Cybercrimes and Anti-Terrorism Laws. Nigerians must be free to express opinions without fear,” she added.

The AI recalled the instances of Yahaya Aminu, 21, who “remains in detention following an initial death sentence imposed on him for sharing an audio considered blasphemous on Whatsapp.”

“Salihu Tanko Yakasai popularly known as Dawisu was unlawfully detained by Nigeria’s secret police, the DSS for a tweet lamenting the rising insecurity; by condemning the kidnap of over 300 schoolgirls.

“Jaafar Jaafar, an investigative journalist fled Nigeria following death threats to his life for exposing alleged corruption in government. Abubakar Idris (Dadiyata) a critic of Nigerian government was abducted by gunmen at home in Kaduna State on August 1, 2019. His whereabouts are still unknown,” the AI added.

It acknowledged that with the launch of the #TalkYourTruth marketing campaign, Nigerian authorities should present tangible dedication to freedom and in addition to “immediately and unconditionally drop frivolous charges against those who are persecuted for exercising their right to freedom of expression.”

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Amnesty International Launches #TalkYourTruth Campaign, Decries Alarming Rights Abuses In Nigeria

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