HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has said that the attack and killing of over 45 Hausa farmers in Sokoto State and the bombing of the ABUJA/KADUNA train shows that the activities of armed Fulani attackers and terrorists have grown from strength to strength.
The Rights group said it is therefore disappointing and totally unacceptable that President Muhammadu Buhari continues to dither in classifying armed Fulani militia as terrorists so that clear cut military actions are employed to check their expansion. HURIWA deplores the habitually unending empty rhetorical threats intermittently oozing out from the desk of the Senior special assistant on Media to President Muhammadu Buhari informing Nigerians that Mr. President will ‘deal’ with the so called armed bandits who in actual fact says HURIWA are some of the most cruel terrorists in the World in the last half a century.
In a media statement issued by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA insisted that the President Muhammadu Buhari is surrounded by Northern Ethnic bigots as internal security chiefs who share same Ethno-religious affinity with members of the increasingly advancing armed Fulani group causing grave damage to North West State including the recent attacks in Sokoto and the train coming to Abuja the nation’s capital from the erstwhile Northern regional capital of Kaduna. These terrorists, the group insists are heavily pampered and protected by government at the highest levels.
HURIWA is of the strong opinion that President Muhammadu Buhari does not get sound, qualitative, objective security advice which demands that he needs to hire a much more competent, professional and patriotic National Security Adviser who must necessarily not share his same Ethno-religious affiliation.
Citing media reports of the bombing of the ABUJA bound train from Kaduna HURIWA recalled that there was pandemonium from passengers when the security men in the VIP coaches shouted for all to take cover after the loud sound just as lights and the air conditioning systems immediately went off, leaving passengers in the heat and darkness. Policemen in the VIP coaches reportedly shouted to unsuspecting passengers to get down when the loud bang occurred. HURIWA quoted a passenger as stating thus: “We all fell over each other, while some ran to other coaches, thinking that the train was under attacked.”
HURIWA applauded the former Senator representing Kaduna central in the eight session of the Senate of the Federal Republic Senator Shehu Sani for his courage and patriotism in announcing the possible bomb attack which targeted the train in which he too was a passenger who narrowly escaped being harmed by the armed Terrorists.
The Rights group then asked- “Does it make any sense anymore why our President, the head of the Nigerian State and an elected leader of modern day Nigeria, retired military General Muhammadu Buhari is dithering in clearly classifying these bad boys operating in the North West who are mostly Fulani as terrorists? What is the plausible excuse for the Commander -in- chief not to take steps to concretely wipe out these terrorists or is it the case that certain actual terrorists are much more favoured because they come from the Fulani Ethnic stock much more than other so – called ‘terrorists’ who were hurriedly labelled ‘terrorists’ by the current government and the full force of the military unleashed on them even when they are to the best of the knowledge of everyone are not terrorists but campaigners for self determination or self rule?”
“Mr President should be told in plane English that the pampering of Fulani terrorists by his government will backfire because by the time these pampered mass murderers finish with the North West and North Central, they will then move their locations to other regions in Southern Nigeria and this will instigate civil war that may destroy the fragile stability that Nigeria is witnessing. The earlier they are declared as terrorists and crushed decisively and not by audio or fake military strikes as it is now, the better for the health, stability, unity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria “.