‘Buhari must speak to Nigerians now over slaying of Christians’
Alarmed at the growing sectarian killings masterminded by unruly youth in Northern Nigeria, a call has again gone to President Muhammadu Buhari to address a national broadcast on the ugly trends immediately.
Besides, the Pro-democracy group Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria (HURIWA) has reiterated its call for the immediate reorganisation of the nation’s top security architecture and personnel to make the hierarchies a reflection of the ethno-religious compositions of a multi-ethnic nation such as Nigeria.
The rights group said the growing activities of Islamic fundamentalism stems from the widespread belief by the Northern youthful hoodlums that top security positions are in the hands of just a section (Islamic segment of Northern Nigeria) and therefore they have the license to commit anti-Christian hate crimes.
In a statement by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA also condemned the nation’s police hierarchy for making Nigeria a laughing stock globally through their illegal arrest and laughable arraignment last week in Ogun State of a Nigerian man only because he named his pet dog ‘buhari’.
The group stated that the police action in its current fruitless and self-serving prosecution of Mr. Joe Chinakwe in Ogun State for purportedly naming his dog ‘buhari’ amounted to chasing shadows by a totally unprofessional and incompetent police that has so far failed to curb the rising violent organized social crime all over Nigeria.
“Dogs bear Jack all over the world including, Abuja and Nigeria’s former military ruler General Yakubu Gowon (retired) has a similar middle name and not a single dog owner has been arrested,” HURIWA stated.
On the killing of nine Christian students of the Zamfara State Polytechnics in Talata-Mafara in Zamfara State by youths armed to their tooth for alleged blasphemy, the group condemned it as outrageous, primitive, gruesome and absolutely intolerable even as it demanded severe penalties for the offenders including the death penalty.
It also said both the Federal and Zamfara State authorities must be blamed for their conspiratorial failure to stop the atrocities and for failing to adopt proactive measures to check such primitive criminal acts particularly when such a dastardly crime had happened nearby in Kano State only a few months ago.
“The Nigerian State has consistently refused to carry out the most primary duty of government which is the protection of lives and property which as clearly spelt out in Section 14 (2)(b) of the Nigerian Constitution, the government’s primary responsibility is the security and welfare of the people.”
HURIWA also blamed the unconstitutional elevation of a particular religion above all other religions in most parts of Northern Nigeria by Northern Governors even when the constitution outlaws such in Section 10 in the following unambiguous terms: “The Government of the Federation or of a State shall not adopt any religion as State Religion.”
The group said it was unfortunate that a certain Northern governor had recently vowed to deploy state resources for the promotions of Islamic causes.
HURIWA reminded the Northern governors that Nigeria remains a secular and/multi religious society and therefore any attempt to foist a state religion could lead to civil war.