Buhari’s style of governance stoking insecurity — HURIWA

Posted by News Express | 20 September 2022 | 196 times

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A civil rights group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), says it was in agreement with President Muhammadu Buhari that the elite was responsible for the heightened state of insecurity in the country.

Buhari blamed the elite for the insecurity plaguing the country during his recent State Visit to Owerri, Imo State.

HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator on Monday, while endorsing the President’s position, also canvassed “elite-led resolution of the worrying situation.”

In the ironical endorsement by HURIWA, the group equally laid the whole blame on the President, being the head of the political and elite classes.

It listed factors promoting insecurity in the country to include maladministration, corruption, nepotism and lack of empathy for the masses, among others. 

“We are convinced that Mr. President stated the whole truth and nothing but the truth for blaming elite for the near intractable insecurity in parts of Nigeria. Primarily, the political class or elite which, at the moment the President is at the head of the pyramid, is solely responsible for  the insecurity and has continued to stoke the fires of insecurity through crass mis-governance, corruption and lack of empathy for the suffering masses of Nigeria.

“The policy of divide-and-rule and the nepotistic appointments are at the roots of the heightened state of insecurity and distrust in the Country," Onwubiko submitted.

The group cited the example of the South East region of Nigeria which used to be comparatively very peaceful and economically viable, noted that with the coming of the President Muhammadu Buhari's government and the implementation of apartheid-kind-of-policies, including the explicit exclusion of representatives of the Igbo-speaking states in virtually all strategic national security institutions.

This policy of exclusion by President Buhari motivated some millions of young people of South East extraction to interpret this to mean that they are no longer wanted in the united Nigerian federation, thereby pushing some groups to canvass for self-determination which, they believe, is supported by the global human rights laws.

“The cantankerous reactions to the peaceful exercise of advocacy for self-determination by both the political elite of the federal government in Nigeria and the South East States compounded the problems of insecurity that got instigated by the selective prescription of what was said to be the peaceful agitation of self-rule by the now proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB)," Onwubikoe added.

Besides, HURIWA has, for the umpteenth time, canvassed an end to the deliberate persecution of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his proscribed Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), whereas such notorious and divisive groups like the Miyetti Allah Cattle  Breeders Association that is perceived to be the sponsor of hundreds of armed attacks on farming communities all across the country and the killing of over three thousand citizens in Southern Kaduna, Benue States and other communities,  is still being spared and indeed is perceived to be pampered by top officials of the government headed by President Buhari who is Fulani by Ethnic origin.

"May we repeat our call that for lasting peace to reign in the South East of Nigeria, the governors, political leaders must unite under a single purpose umbrella to end the systemic persecution by the Federal government of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and both the South East States and the federal government should consider the de-proscription of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) and work out mechanisms for constructive and peaceful  dialogues and an immediate cessation of armed conflicts of any type, including the use of extra- judicial executions of Igbo youths by security forces.

“All those agitating for self-determination should publicly denounce armed struggles, just as all targeted violent attacks on institutions and officials of the federal government and those of the states must be called off for the sake of the immediate, comprehensive and sustainable restoration of peace in the South East of Nigeria," HURIWA added.

HURIWA recalled that President Buhari blamed Nigerian elite for not contributing to the development of the country, particularly the fight against insecurity shortly after commissioning some projects in Imo State executed by Governor Hope Uzodinma’s administration

"To be frank with you, I am blaming the Nigerian elites for not sitting down and thinking hard about our country,” “Between 1999 and 2015, when we came in – I like people to check (from) the Central Bank of Nigeria and NNPC. The average (oil) production was 2.1 million barrels per day at the cost $100 per barrel. “So, Nigeria was earning, at this time, 2.1 million times multiplied by $100 per barrel. But look at the state of infrastructure. Look at the railway, it was virtually killed. Power, we are still struggling,” the group quoted the President is saying.

HURIWA has therefore challenged President Buhari to begin the process of peace building and dialogue to restore security and stability, not just in South East, but Nigeria as a whole; while equally calling for the implementation of far-reaching policies to ensure that all those who lost their people were given justice, including thousands of families whose relatives suffered extra-judicial killings by security forces.

Source: News Express

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