- Condemns failure to declare armed Fulani herdsmen as terrorists
A foremost pro-democracy and non-governmental organisation in Nigeria, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has expressed worry that armed freelance killers and herdsmen are having field days killing, maiming and destroying lives and property of citizens without the relevant armed security forces and the governments adopting measures to bring it to an end.
HURIWA expressed shock that at all levels of government, public office holders are careless about the rampaging attacks and senseless killings of ordinary citizens by armed Fulani herdsmen “probably because the Nigerian state spends a fortune at public expenses to provide all round security to the political class.”
The group said the next electioneering year may be bloody unless the Nigerian and various state governments adopt proactive approach to crime prevention and control.
HURIWA therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the state governors of the major flashpoints of incessant attacks such as Kaduna, Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Kwara and Kogi States to brace up to the challenges of carrying out their primary constitutional duties of protecting lives and property of Nigerians as well as ensure that the armed mass murderers are brought to effective justice.
The rights group said the refusal and/or failure of the President Buhari to proclaim armed Fulani herdsmen as terrorists is a violation of his constitutional oath of office not to allow his personal interest to interfere with the discharge of his constitutional obligations to Nigerians of all affiliations.
It said the “overwhelming public perception is that the rampaging armed Fulani herdsmen are allowed by the relevant armed security forces and even allegedly aided to carry out these carefully choreographed and coordinated pogroms of mostly Christian dominated communities in all parts of Nigeria in the guise of fighting for grazing rights only because President Buhari is not just a Fulani by ethnicity but is said to be the national patron of the association of Fulani herdsmen.
HURIWA, through its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, condemned the strange killings going on in “Rivers State in circumstances that can at best be described as shrouded in high wire plots from external forces to instigate a state of unrests in order to justify the calls by some agents of darkness for emergency declaration to crumble the only strategic state headed by an opposition party Governor, Nyesom Wike.”
HURIWA also condemned what it termed as clear display of partisanship by the officers and operatives of the much criticised Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS in Rivers State just as it has asked the National Assembly to investigate all the violence and mass murders that have occurred across Nigeria carried out by the Nigerian Police Force and SARS to be specific, including the recent killings of some youngsters in Cross Rivers State who allegedly had minor disagreement with the state Commissioner for Agriculture.