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HURIWA flays Buhari over refusal to sign electoral bill

By Ernest Nzor, Abuja
21 February 2022   |   4:05 am
A civil rights advocacy group, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s reluctance to signing the reworked Electoral Act Amendment Bill, saying his intentions are not nationalistic and patriotic but self-serving.

A civil rights advocacy group, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s reluctance to signing the reworked Electoral Act Amendment Bill, saying his intentions are not nationalistic and patriotic but self-serving.

The group, while condemning the President for globetrotting when a critical task lays at his table, said Buhari’s refusal to sign the Electoral Act was a calculated attempt to undermine and sabotage the transparent conduct of the 2023 general elections.

HURIWA, in a statement, yesterday, by its National Co-ordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the intransigence and refusal of the President to sign the Electoral Act was as bad as the military coups in Guinea Bissau, Mali and other West African countries.

He said the body language of the President on the assent of the Electoral Act betrayed his rhetoric that he would leave a legacy of democratic values and tenets in Nigeria when he leaves office in 2023.

Onwubiko described the President’s delayed assent as “an attempt to destabilise democracy because constitutional democracy runs seamlessly in an atmosphere of certainty and legality.”