A prominent civil society
organization and a pro-democracy
body, Human Rights Writers
Association Of Nigeria, HURIWA,
yesterday condemned the continued
suppression and killing by armed
security forces of civil protesters
belonging to the minority Islamic
movement of Nigeria (Shiite) who
are campaigning for freedom for
their “unjustly incarcerated” leader
Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his
wife.
In a statement signed by the
HURIWA National Coordinator,
Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko,
the group lampooned the federal
government for consistently
tramping upon the fundamental
human rights of the citizens.
“Nigeria under the current
dispensation has increasingly
being made to look like the
undemocratic and unconstitutional
Republic of Nigeria by the
President Muhammadu Buhari
administration.
“Whilst the armed Fulani
herdsmen are engaging in
coordinated violence across many
States and carrying out Ethnic
genocides, armed security forces
are busy arresting the families of
the victims who have mobilised
themselves to stop further attacks
since the heads of security forces
are siding with the suspected armed
Fulani herdsmen. These senseless
scenarios can only play out in a
Banana Republic”.
HURIWA has also called for the
immediate release from detention
of over two years of the immediate
past National Security Adviser to
the President Colonel Sambo Dasuki
(rtd) who is being extra-judicially
detained despite obtaining two local court orders from Federal High
Courts of Nigeria and the Economic
Community of West African Court of
Human Rights (ECOWAS COURT).
The Rights group also expressed
consternation over the growing list of
disappearances of the now proscribed
indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB)
who were allegedly whisked away
to unknown detention dungeons
by various segments of the armed
security forces for months without trial
in the competent courts of law.
Similarly, the group has carpeted
Federal government functionaries
including President Muhammadu
Buhari, Inspector General of Police Mr.
Ibrahim Kpodum Idris, Minister of
Agriculture and Internal Affairs, Audu
Ogbeh and Lt. Gen. Abdulrahaman
Danbazau (rtd) for pandering to the
whims of armed Fulani herdsmen
by contemplating the deployment
of public resources to promote
private businesses of cattle rearing by
establishing the illegal cattle colonies in
parts of Nigeria.
HURIWA said by the provisions
of the land use Act recognized by the
constitution only state governors and
Houses of Assemblies have powers
over land allocations in their states
even as the Rights group charged the
Federal Government to stop dining
and wining with suspected mass
murderers but to order the armed
security forces to deal decisively
with terrorists and bring the full
weight of the law on the mass killers
masquerading as Fulani herdsmen.
The Rights group said it was
unconstitutional, that instead of
arresting, prosecuting and sending
the convicted killers to firing squads
for their horrendous crimes against
humanity, government officials are
debating on measures to reward the
armed Fulani herdsmen with the juicy
landed assets in the name of cattle
colonies at public costs even when the forceful or pretentious confiscation of
ancestral landed assets and donation
to Fulani herdsmen in strange
communities is capable of igniting long
lasting asymmetric civil wars.
HURIWA said the decision to pander
to the whims and caprices of armed
Fulani herdsmen through awards of
landed assets to be dispossessed by
government from their lawful owners
is a violation of the constitutional oath
of office sworn to by the President who
is Fulani not to let his private affairs to
interfere with his official functions.
HURIWA referred President Buhari
to the seventh schedule of the 1999
duties as President; and that I will
devote myself to the service and
well-being of the people of Nigeria”.
HURIWA therefore is of the
opinion that President Buhari apart
from directing armed security forces
to decisively crush armed Fulani
insurgency should declare the union
of Fulani herdsmen as a terrorist
organization and also ensure that
all those who killed Nigerians have
their days in courts of law to avoid
the institutionalization of impunity.
On the illegally detained
Nigerians such as Sambo Dasuki, El-
Zakzaky, his wife and thousands of
members of the hurriedly proscribed
IPOB, HURIWA demanded their
immediate release and the conduct
of audits of all detention facilities by
stakeholders and the legislature.
constitution which is the oath of office
in which he swore as follows: “That
I will abide by the Code of Conduct
contained in the fifth schedule to the
Constitution of the Federal Republic
of Nigeria; that in all circumstances, I
will do right to all manner of people,
according to law, without fear or
favour, affection or ill-will; that I will
not directly or indirectly communicate
or reveal to any person any matter
which shall be brought under my
consideration or shall become known
to me as President of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria, except as may be
required for the due discharge of myduties as President; and that I will
devote myself to the service and
well-being of the people of Nigeria”.
HURIWA therefore is of the
opinion that President Buhari apart
from directing armed security forces
to decisively crush armed Fulani
insurgency should declare the union
of Fulani herdsmen as a terrorist
organization and also ensure that
all those who killed Nigerians have
their days in courts of law to avoid
the institutionalization of impunity.
On the illegally detained
Nigerians such as Sambo Dasuki, El-
Zakzaky, his wife and thousands of
members of the hurriedly proscribed
IPOB, HURIWA demanded their
immediate release and the conduct
of audits of all detention facilities by
stakeholders and the legislature.

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