A PRO-DEMOCRACY and nongovernmental
organization, Human
Rights Writers Association Of
Nigeria, HURIWA, has described
as laughable, pedestrian and disgraceful,
the seeming joy and apparent
celebrations by some supporters
of President Muhammadu
Buhari over his proposed visit to
the South East of Nigeria.
In a statement issued yesterday
in Abuja by HURIWA National
Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel
Onwubiko, the Rights group has
also challenged President Buhari to
display presidential statesmanship
by discontinuing the implementation
of policies and programmes
that graphically presents him as
being rabidly pro-North and pro-
Islam.
HURIWA is of the considered
opinion that the disproportionate
concentration of all or most of the
strategic national defence portfolios
and internal security command
positions in the North and by Moslems
under the current dispensation
remains a big dent in any
claim by President Buhari of being
a nationalist and a statesman.
The Rights group said the President
must use the opportunity of
this state visit to the South East to
end the perennial alienation and
lopsided appointments that relegated
the South East of Nigeria
to the background in the scheme
of things especially on issues of
National Defence and security architecture.
HURIWA carpeted the loyalists
of the APC –led federal government
for erecting a mountain out
of a Mole hill by celebrating the
proposed visit of President Buhari

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as if it amounted to the breaking of
a World’s record. The Rights group
wondered why some misguided
and mischievous politicians holding
public offices under the APCled
Federal government are dissipating
and frittering public fund
to sponsor advertorials to celebrate
Buhari’s planned visit to the South
East of Nigeria.
The Rights group said by constitutional
provisions, the President
must view all parts of Nigeria as
his immediate constituency just
as the Rights group regretted that
since coming into office as President
of Nigeria, President Buhari
established the unacceptable regional
pattern of always travelling
to Northern Nigeria as if he was
elected not as President of Nigeria
but as Sarduana of Northern Nigeria.
“May we ask with Dr. Tuanji
Abayami; as follows: Does the
President owe equal duty to those
who vote for him as well as those
who vote against him? The question
can easily be answered when
we understand that the President
is elected by the negative as well
as the positive votes within the
national constituency that elects
him. A candidate for the election
into the office of the President cannot
be deemed to have been duly
elected until he has more positive
votes that negative votes cast at
the election for the President. It
is doubtful if he can be deemed
duly elected under Section 133
and 134 if he has no negative votes
cast against him. The effect of the
provision is that negative votes
against the President are recognized
and validated as necessary
by the Decree in the election of
the President and are thus protected.
If, as it observed, such
votes are protected, any prejudice
or penalty against them
will clearly be inconsistent with
the exercise of executive powers
of the Federation. It is not just
that the nation is recognized as
one constituency for the election
of the President under Section
132(4), but the President’s responsibility
to all the members
of that constituency is by the
provision of the section not only
inherent, but also required.”
HURIWA said the President
must play a nationalistic card
and also compel his officials
in all defence related agencies
to stop the nepotistic appointments
of Moslem Northerners
only.

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