Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), on Sunday, said President Muhammadu Buhari must account for the killings of thousands of Nigerians by armed bandits and killer Fulani herdsmen under his watch in the last eight years. The group in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said there is no forgiveness for incompetence, nepotism, tribalism and alleged complicity in terrorism acts against the Nigerian people since he assumed office on May 29, 2015.
The group said the outgoing President whose two terms of eight years ends on May 29, 2023 must account for the various human rights violations committed right under his watch for eight years. To mark the end of his tenure, during the Eid festivities, President Muhammadu Buhari pleaded with all those he has hurt since he assumed office almost eight years ago to forgive him.
However, the coordinator of Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, Emmanuel Onwubiko insisted that Buhari needs to render an account of how he ran the security services in the country during his eight years tenure, which they describe as tribalism and religious bigotry by appointment of only Muslim Fulani as heads of all key security institutions including DSS, Police, Immigration, Customs, Army, Airforce and other military and para military services, given the Fulani more power in Nigeria.
He said, between May 2015 and May 2022, over 55,000 Nigerians were killed by terrorists, bandits and armed gangs under Buhari’s watch. In 2021 alone, at least, 115 people were killed by security forces in the South-East. According to Amnesty International, hundreds of Igbo youths have been slain by security forces every year since 2017 when Nnamdi Kanu’s case started. Thousands of school children have been kidnapped and never rescued and terrorists are allowed to operate freely.
There is no forgiveness for gross incompetence and destruction of vital institutions of government as was done in 8 years by Muhammadu Buhari. He needs to render accounts here in Nigeria or in the ICC. The killings of innocent people by armed forces in the South East under his command and control must be accounted for and justice accorded to the relatives of the victims of the human rights violations”, Emmanuel Onwubiko stated.
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