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Don’t sell public assets to fund budget, HURIWA tells Buhari


Emmanuel Onwubiko

A group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against selling public assets to fund the 2018 national budget.

Its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, gave the caution in a statement yesterday in Abuja.

He charged Nigerians to take considerable interest in the ongoing sinister plots to auction public assets, which were built and are being maintained for the general public, to some few privileged persons.

HURIWA lamented that labour unions, civil society organisations and students’ bodies have all compromised for failing to challenge the plan, and the several anti-people policies of the Federal Government.

It warned that if the indifference continues, it could cripple constitutional democracy in the country, even as negates section 16 of the 1999 Constitution.

The body wants the Federal Government to explain what it did with the foreign loans that it has taken from different quarters, including China to fund capital projects.

“What has the administration also done with the impressive returns made by the different heads of federal institutions and agencies that are revenue collecting bodies,” it asked.

It cited the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Maritime Authority, Nigerian Customs Service, and the Nigerian Immigrations Service.

Onwubiko also questioned the whereabouts of the multi million dollars reportedly retrieved from looters by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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