By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to blame himself for the spate of attacks of soft targets by series of TERRORISTS all across the Country including the upsurge in the abduction for ransom of school children of Katsina state by daredevil terrorists christened by current administration as armed bandits just as the Rights Advocacy group HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) said the frequent rehabilitation, reintegration and the so-called de-radicalization of arrested terrorists by the government is the reason for the spate of bloody violence and kidnapping.
The Rights group said the releases of detained Boko haram terrorists by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari over the years under the dubious guise that they are rehabilitated as repentant terrorists deserving reintegration even whilst over 2 million families displaced by these terrorists are scattered in the different dilapidated buildings and huts called internally displaced centres are neglected and denied justice for the killings of their breadwinner and loved ones, are the exact reasons for the widespread attacks by terrorists in the North of Nigeria.
The Civil Rights Advocacy group HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has also blamed some governors especially that of Katsina State Bello Massari for the growing social menace of armed abductions of school children, wanton sexual violations of girls and the rampant attacks of communities in Katsina State because the governor has been known to have publicly associated and communed with notorious terrorists also called armed bandits whom were allegedly settled by the Katsina State administration to lay down their weapons and cease fire which the terrorists never complied with. The Rights group said the Zamfara State governor has also been known to have allegedly financially induced terrorists and armed bandits to drop their weapons and end the attacks but which they never adhered to because as soon as the cash settlements are exhausted the heavily armed non state actors usually launches massive and bloody attacks leading to the killings of hundreds of villagers.
HURIWA which faulted the claims of the Katsina state governor for choosing to call the terrorists who abducted the Government Boys Science School Studenta in Kankara Katsina state as ‘known local bandits’ also demanded that the United States of America should influence the United Nations Security Council to investigate the allegations that some powerful Nigerian officials and some elements in the security forces may be conniving with these terrorists to continue to maximise violence and to enable them to continue to line their pockets with the filthy lucre usually paid as ransom and financial inducements to terrorists in exchange for the release of the hostages such as the school children who are unfortunately used as bargaining chips.
“We in HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA are amazed that Bello Masari, governor of Katsina state, could say that the abduction of some students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, was “conducted and executed” by local bandits, contrary to the claim of Abubakar Shekau, leader of Boko Haram. So we ask the Katsina state governor to tell Nigerians the distinction between the mass killers masquerading as Islamists and those causing mayhem, carnage, and large scale violence in the Northwest and why he thinks the latter are not terrorists?Recall that on December 11th, gunmen invaded the school, shooting into the air to scare away people in the area.As of December 13, Masari said over 300 students were confirmed missing.
On Tuesday, Shekau, in a four-minute video, said Boko Haram, whose ideology is against western education, carried out the abduction of the Katsina schoolboys.
“What happened in Katsina was done to promote Islam and discourage un-Islamic practices as Western education is not the type of education permitted by Allah and his Holy Prophet,” Shekau had said in the video.
But speaking on a Channels Television programme on Wednesday, the governor disagreed with the claims of Shekau, noting that information available to his administration showed that the abduction was carried out by local bandits.
“The report we have and from the information available to us, this abduction was conducted and executed by local bandits that are known to all of us,” he said.“These bandits that are roaming the forest of Zamfara and parts of Katsina state, so far, this is the information we have. This dangerous sophistry and show of shame by the Katsina State governor is absolutely intolerable and unacceptable. ”
HURIWA strongly CONDEMNS the attempt by some Northern Politicians to downplay the significant terrorists nexus of these daredevil attackers who have turned the entire North into a war zone since 2015 that erstwhile military despot Major General Muhammadu was inaugurated as an elected President just as the Rights group said there is a strong possibility that certain powerful persons in government both at the Federal level and in the North are actively fanning the embers of terrorism and insecurity in the North so as to create an atmosphere of chaos and disorder that would blackmail the rest of Nigerians to accept their ambition to also set aside multibillion dollars of crude oil resources to set up an AMNESTY OFFICE FOR SO CALLED REPENTANT BANDITS AND TERRORISTS IN THE NORTH similar to the failed NIGER DELTA AMNESTY PROGRAMME which has become a cesspool of corruption and abuse of power by the officials of government managing the institution.
Similarly, the Rights group has appealed to President Donald John Trump and the Congress of the United States of America to mount pressure on the United Nations Security Council to investigate the roles that Nigerian officials are playing in fanning the embers of terrorism and insecurity in Nigeria because of the abominable practice of pardoning rather than prosecuting terrorists arrested by the Nigerian military combatants who are making the supreme sacrifices to battle the terrorists threatening to tear Nigeria apart.
“HURIWA is pleased to note that the United States (U.S.) on Thursday condemned the abduction of hundreds of children by gunmen from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, on Dec. 11 and urged the government to hold those responsible accountable ” to the full extent of the law”. We are happy that the U.S. Department of State condemned the abduction in a statement issued by a spokesperson, Cale Brown, after the release of the abducted students on Thursday. The media quoted the USA as stating thus: “We offer our sincere sympathies to the families of the missing students and the security guard killed in the attack.
“School should be a safe place where children can learn and thrive.”
HURIWA however charges the administration of President Donald John Trump and the United States Congress to go further by setting up international investigative mechanisms to ascertain the exact nexus between certain powerful persons in government both at the Federal and state governments in the North who are actively promoting terrorism in Nigeria. The USA must note that a judicial institution in the United Arab Emirates has recently jailed about 4 funders of terrorism in Nigeria and specifically mentioned that a certain powerful alleged official of the Presidency of Muhammadu Buhari is the chief funder of Boko haram terrorists in Nigeria but the Federal government and the Central bank of Nigeria have all conspired to remain silent and collectively refused to expose the government officials funding terrorists in Nigeria. So we appeal to the USA to use their strong influence in the UN Security Council to institute the global investigations of the funders and funding of terrorism and insecurity in Nigeria.
The Rights Advocacy group HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has also asked the USA to sanction the governor of Katsina State and President Muhammadu Buhari whose state and federal governments are in conspiratorial communion actively with terrorists which is a crime against humanity demanding extensive global wide actions and sanctions to deter and stop the continuous bloodshed in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“USA must make haste to stop the internal sabotage of the security of Nigerians by Nigerian officials to stop Nigeria from collapsing and constituting a global challenge in terms of the sheer number of refugees that will pour out into the rest of the World from a Country of over 200 million population”, HURIWA asserted.