Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has warned President Muhammadu Buhari of the extensive damage the expanding frontiers of organised criminal violence of armed Fulani herdsmen, Boko Haram terrorists and other classes of armed attackers have done to his credibility and expected political legacy as Nigerian president from 2015 to 2019.
According to HURIWA yesterday, “President Buhari got a chunk of votes from most voters in the 2015 presidential poll because of his famed military antecedent and based on his campaign theme which focused majorly on tackling and combating manifestations of insecurity, threats to territorial integrity of Nigeria caused by Boko Haram terrorists and other categories of violent criminalities. But two and half years down the line, with only few months to the end of his presidential term of office, the President has been unable, unwilling and refused to implement nationalistic military and law-based defence mechanisms to eradicate the increasingly threats to national security by armed Fulani herdsmen; Boko Haram terrorists and armed kidnappers.”
HURIWA has also condemned the reported siege of Chikun council area of Kaduna and Numan council area of Adamawa State by armed Fulani herdsmen, and demanded immediate military deployment of patriotic Nigerian soldiers to disarm these terrorists.
The rights group faulted any government’s political declarations of victory over boko haram terrorists and asserted that such cosmetic propaganda is far from the reality on ground, however, applauded the Nigeria army for some tangible efforts even as it tasked the federal government to do more to equip the combatants and motivate them with adequate remuneration.
“The president seems distracted already with the cacophony of sycophantic political machinations by career politicians who are already drumming up farcical support for him to run for a second term even when this government has failed to deliver the cardinal principle of his campaign which is the effective demolition, degrading and destruction of the capacities of criminal elements to stop the heightened state of insecurity and check the increasing threats to national security posed by boko haram terrorists,” the group said in a statement signed by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf.
HURIWA charged President Buhari to immediately reorganise the national security architecture to enable the security forces to live up to their constitutional role and frontally combat all violent criminal elements irrespective of their tribes, religion and trade.”
President Buhari was also urged to fortify border security so as to block all avenues for the inflow of illicit weapons just as the rights group asked him to drop heads of security forces because they have failed in their constitutional duties with the possible exception of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai.