Insecurity: Its not Enough to Seek God’s Intervention – HURIWA
POLITICS DIGEST – The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has on Wednesday, rebuked the Minister of Defence, Major-Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd), over failure to rid Nigeria of terrorists. Describes his act of seeking God’s Intervention as a lame excuse toward inability to secure the lives and properties of Nigerians.
The Association condemned the recent military and police operations in Orlu Town of Imo State in which many innocent passers-by and House owners were deprived of their lives extrajudicially and their housing assets set ablaze under the guise of chasing after members of the so-called unknown gunmen in the State.
“Extra legal killings of innocent Nigerians and the setting of their hard-earned properties on fire without going through the due process of the laws of Nigeria is a crime against humanity and those who are committing these egregious crimes won’t go without any form of legal retribution and persecution whether locally or before the INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT IN THE HAGUE NETHERLANDS.
HURIWA also condemned the silence of the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria to the state-sponsored terror carried out by armed security services in Imo State.
The rights group challenged the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya to allow credible Civil rights advocacy groups to observe the conduct of his soldiers in the South East of Nigeria and ensure compliance to the Rules of engagement and the Inspector-General of police Usman Alkali Baba to let the civil liberty societies to assess the detention facilities in Imo State because of credible evidence of deployment of extrajudicial execution of suspects as its operational modality in the South East of Nigeria.
HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, also said it was fraudulent for the defence minister to continue earning a salary on taxpayers’ funds and enjoying all perks of offices while he claims to look on to God for a solution.
Recalled that the defence minister had on Easter Sunday called for God’s intervention in the fight against insurgents and other criminal elements in the country.
Reacting, HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “It is unfortunate that the defence minister, just like his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, has now surrendered to God. Since God now does his job, why not resign because it is fraudulent to fail to do your constitutionally spelt out duty you now want God to become the defence minister but you want to continue earning the salaries. Why not surrender the entire salary to God and then step down?