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HURIWA flays planned importation of fuel from Niger Republic

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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Niger Republic so Nigeria can commence importation of petrol from the neighbouring country.

According to the group, the failure of Buhari’s administration to fix the nation’s three or four refineries in preference for patronising the Niger Republic is an act of systemic and systematic economic sabotage against Nigeria.

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HURIWA argued: “If Nigeria has an independent National Assembly headed by independent-minded patriotic statesmen and not these executive attack dogs, the central legislature would have probed the unbridled enthusiasm of Buhari to corner the resources of Nigeria to build railways in that country and now the signing of the MoUs to begin the importation of fuel from Niger whilst our publicly-owned refineries are left to rot despite huge investments under the guise of doing Turn Around Maintenance (TAM).

HURIWA said the devastating impact of the economic recession showed a central government that has nothing to offer but poverty, high crime rates, destruction of strategic national infrastructures, including the refineries, just as the ballooning public sector debts are being compounded by the continuous borrowing from all sorts of jurisdictions by the government of Buhari.”

According to the group, the ministers are grossly incompetent and lack the will to stop the massive corruption being perpetrated right under their noses in the ministries and federal agencies.

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