The Human Rights Writers Affiliation of Nigeria, HURIWA, has claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari was utilizing safety companies, particularly the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, to “witch-hunt” members of the opposition.
Towards this backdrop, the physique warned that Nigeria could be worse off if Buhari was allowed to run his purported tyrannic authorities.
HURIWA urged Nigerians to withstand all types of tyranny by the Buhari authorities.
The physique made the decision whereas slamming Buhari for allegedly utilizing safety companies and the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory to demolish of a bit of African Unbiased Tv, AIT, constructing in Abuja.
AIT is owned by Chief Raymond Dokpesi, a identified chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Celebration, PDP.
In a press release titled: “Rights to freedom of Affiliation and the Press aren’t solely authorized but in addition basic and never felony” by its Nationwide Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and Nationwide Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA decried what it described because the “rising wave of federal authorities’s intolerance of political pluralism, press freedom and freedom of expression.”
The Non-Governmental Organisation tasked Nigerians to “resist a return to full-blown dictatorship by way of each conceivable authorized mechanism.”
Based on it, “Nigeria and Nigerians will likely be worst off ought to President Muhammadu Buhari be tolerated to institute incipient tyranny which is what he has since began introducing along with his preliminary serial flouting of court docket orders; assaults focusing on judges together with the unlawful deposition of the pinnacle of the judicial arm of presidency and his authorities’s persistent witch hunt focusing on political opposition utilizing all safety forces and particularly the extremely compromised Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC).”
The Rights group additionally accused a bit of the judiciary of “felony collusion with the totalitarian presidency to undermine the enjoyments of the constitutionally assured basic freedoms as manifested within the latest illegal jailing of a human rights activist Mr. I.G. Awala over a spurious cost of belonging to a so known as unregistered affiliation.”
HURIWA condemned the demolition of sections of DAAR Communications constructing by officers of the FCT and the latest unlawful detention on the worldwide Airport by Nigeria Immigration providers (NIS) of Dokpesi who had simply returned from abroad medical care.
It acknowledged that the continued harassment of Chief Dokpesi had been well-coordinated plots to “intimidate, cow and compel him and to undermine the independence of the one surviving unbiased tv in Nigeria due to the predisposition of the African Unbiased Tv to permit all shades of opinions of their broadcast station.”
HURIWA additionally resolved to petition the places of work of the US President; Prime Minister of Britain and the European Union to name Buhari to order, and for his regime to cease threatening press freedom.
The assertion reads: “Nigeria is a secular state which not solely doesn’t perform on the whims and caprices of some spiritual, political, cultural elite or oligarchy or group or establishment however by the regulation which clearly spells out the rights and obligations of her citizen and all different inside its geographical location. On this regard, the primary, main and most important regulation of resort is her Structure which is the grundnorm.
“The Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria doesn’t solely give life to all different legal guidelines however kills any regulation, perception, opinion and so forth which purports to negate its provision. It’s apt at this juncture to cite from part 1(1) and (3) of the Structure. Part 1(1) offers thus:
“This Structure is supreme and its provisions shall have binding pressure on the authorities and individuals all through the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”