Posted by News Express | 28 February 2020 | 509 times
Civil rights advocacy group, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has appealed to the National Assembly to pass a legislation on a National Housing Trust Fund for Fallen Heroes so members of the immediate and direct members of the families of soldiers killed fighting terrorists can be adequately housed and their children’s education guaranteed up to university level.
The group recommended that Nigeria should create a special Trust Fund to build six bedroom bungalows in any town of their choice for the legitimate surviving immediate families of the fallen heroes.
These incentives, it observed, are necessary to reward these great people for their supreme sacrifices.”
In a media statement on the development, the National Coordinator of HURIWA, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said it has become imperative that the welfare and wellbeing of “brave soldiers killed whilst defending us and keeping Nigeria safe from being overrun by armed terrorists are not forgotten but that their memories are honoured and rewarded through providing beneficial palliatives to the children and wives left behind by these heroic combatants killed in the line of duty.”
The letter was sent to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila.
The letter titled, “Kindly Prevail On President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) To Build Houses For Immediate Family Members Of Fallen Heroes Of The Nigerian Military”, reads as follows:
“On behalf of our well over eight thousand registered members and millions of patriotic Nigerians, we write you this letter to pray you and your members to legislate as quickly as possible the reward by Nigeria to all the immediate families of our military combatants killed by terrorists and hoodlums in the line of duty whilst defending each and every one of us from the murderous attempts of armed terrorists to destroy the country.
“As members of the human rights community, we have watched as both the federal House and the senate have concentrated her energies negatively playing the politics of seeking the dismissal of the service chiefs as if that is the magic wand needed to defeat terrorists.
“We have also watched with disappointment as some of your members have chosen to become public advocates of terrorists in the guise of seeking to set up a commission for the so-called repentant terrorists. This is very absurd, very illegal and so outlandish.
“We urge you to throw that proposed bill into the dustbin of history where it rightly belongs. We have warned that the proposed bill to legislate the outright pardon of armed terrorists under the guise of deradicalisation programme could result in civil war either in the short, medium or long term.
“Let us from HURIWA caution the section of the National legislators who are actively conniving with armed terrorists to introduce a satanic legislation that will overlook the mindboggling crimes of genocides committed by terrorists and the killings of over 30,000 innocent Nigerians in the last ten years with the view to appease terrorists even when the victims of terrorism are scattered in different internally displaced people camps in Nigeria and are external refugees in so many nearby countries.”
HURIWA also warned that if the bill to legalise the freeing of arrested terror suspects under any guise succeeds, then the nation should be prepared for the consequences of their unconstitutional action because the hundreds of thousands of innocent victims of the terrorists attacks in the last decade will definitely not fold their hands whilst those who killed their loved ones are pardoned through roguish means by the passage of this criminally minded bill that is meant to legalise belonging to terror cells and participating in mass murders.
“This bill before the Senate is not only satanic and unconstitutional, but will paint the picture of a rogue nation because in all civilisations, those who declare war against innocent citizens and participate in genocide are rounded up and prosecuted and made to face the full weight of the law. History is replete with a plethora of trials of persons who have joined terror gangs and carried out mass killings.
“The plot by the National Assembly to therefore permit the wanton defecation of the constitution of Nigeria by forgiving mass murderers must never be allowed to succeed,” HURIWA affirms.
The rights group also stated that even before the Senate came up with this bad piece of proposed legislation to pardon terrorists, It is difficult to dismiss the general notion that the Nigerian State has not shown political will and commitment to the war on terror.
“It seems that not only have the real brains behind it not been prosecuted but are also being shielded. An ideology based crime does not end with the incarceration of the “foot soldiers”. Unfortunately usual extra judicial killing of high profile suspects suggests a pattern of cover up. Both Mohammed Yusuf and Alhaji Buji Foi, Boko Haram leader and the financier respectively, suffered the same fate while in police custody.
“Nations which have achieved stability and national security are those which have elevated law above political, religious, ethnic sentiments. The present federal government must be compelled to advocate national security on the basis of respect of not only individual rights but also the rule of law but definitely not the appeasement of terrorists,” HURIWA emphasised.
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