Group tasks Tinubu on release of Kanu, security rejig
Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), yesterday, urged the newly inaugurated President Bola Tinubu to reorganise the nation’s security architecture and release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The group also demanded police reforms, and general economic revival of the country on top list of the things, the new administration should face squarely.
HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said Nigerians expect President Tinubu to immediately change the present crop of service chiefs whose incompetence plunged Nigeria into a killing field of sort in the last eight years.
The group urged the new President to quickly replace the current heads of security agencies and bring in fresh blood with new ideas to protect the nation against banditry, terrorism, kidnapping, herdsmen aggression, amongst others.
HURIWA also asked President Tinubu to broker peace with all secessionist agitators in the country, saying no man will want to leave Nigeria if there is inclusion in governance for all parts of the country, one of the main ideas shunned by the now ingloriously departed administration of Muhammadu Buhari.
Onwubiko said: “President Bola Tinubu should quickly settle in and start work as Nigeria is already in economic and security crises created by the same All Progressives Congress (APC) administration of his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, who ran Nigeria aground for eight full years.
“The new President must focus on security, reorganisation of heads of armed forces, the Department of State Services (DSS) and Police, police reforms, state police not controlled by governors, amongst others.
“He should shun nepotism in strategic security appointments, which Buhari did to divide Nigerians and made some regions to feel they are unimportant in the scheme of things.
“We call for a national truth and reconciliation commission just like that of South Africa. Also, we call for immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu and cessation of all hostilities in the South east by armed groups.”