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Group blast Malami over decision on Herdsmen.


The human rights group alleged the minister unambiguously displayed elements and character of tribal and religious loyalties to his primordial..

An idea muted by Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), that ‘pastoralism commission’ be established as solution to incessant invasion of farmlands and communities across the country by armed Fulani herdsmen has been described as diversionary and highly irresponsible, irrational and misplaced.

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), who criticised the idea, lamented that Malami could make such a call for herders who destroy farm produce and kill farmers as consequences of bitter discord arising from their destructive actions.


HURIWA recalled that Malami had on Tuesday called for establishment of the commission even as he called for a community-oriented approach in diffusing and eliminating the menace of the herders that has retarded economic development and created widespread insecurity.

Malami, who was speaking as a special guest of honour at the Peace, Unity, and Security Lecture Series 2021 held at the ECOWAS main auditorium, Abuja, where he was represented by his Media Aide, Dr. Umar Gwandu, said for peaceful coexistence in the country, there was need for strict adherence to the rule of law, respecting the sanctity of the fundamental human rights in all ramifications.

HURIWA quoted the minister recommended setting up of regulated grazing reserves to replace the “Burtali” or “Hurumi” pastoral system as well as intensive enlightenment to livestock breeders on the need for sedentary farming and transhumance agriculture as a complementary economic process to nomadic farming.

HURIWA, however, strongly disagreed with Malami whom it accused of refusing to prosecute or ensure that all the terrorists and armed Fulani herdsmen who were accused of destroying farms of communities are prosecuted and punished since 2015.


The human rights group alleged the minister unambiguously displayed elements and character of tribal and religious loyalties to his primordial and ethnoreligious affinities as a Fulani-born lawyer and politician rather than to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 as amended.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja by the National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, the group said “the minister is simply chasing shadows and attempting to deceive Nigerians by veering off into the arena of embarking on a wild voyage of discovery as shown by his suggestion for setting up of a pastoralists commission as a solution to the terrorism of armed Fulani herdsmen instead of enforcing the laws of Nigeria to punish persons who wield several weapons of mass destruction and have unleashed bloody violence all around the country, including Benue, Plateau, Southern Kaduna, Enugu and parts of Imo State.”



HURIWA frowns at Sultan’s order arrest Enugu Bishop


HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko condemned the petition against Bishop Onah.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has called for the arrest and prosecution of Bishop Godfrey Onah of Nsukka Catholic Diocese for inciting violence against Muslims in the South East and South South.

Abubakar, who is the President of Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, said he has evidence indicting Bishop Onah over the recent attack on Muslims in Nsukka, Enugu State.

He stated this in a petition to the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu and the Department of State Services, DSS.

The petition was signed by the NSCIA’s Deputy Secretary-General, Prof. Salisu Shehu.


According to the petition: “On Saturday, October 31, 2020, some Christian bigots unleashed violent and virulent attack on Muslims in Nsukka and burnt their Mosques as a result of a hateful and inciting sermon, full of lies and fallacies, delivered by one Bishop Reverend Father, Godfrey Igwebuike Onah.

“In the sermon, it was clear that the Bishop instigated the worshipers against Mosques and Muslims. It would, therefore, require any disagreement, no matter how minute, to execute the premeditated havoc wreaked on the Muslims in the two zones.

“Specifically, we also implore you, as a matter of urgency to interrogate Reverend Father (Bishop) Godfrey Igwebuike Onah of his hate speech, inciting sermon of lies, fabricated to provoke hatred for Muslims.”

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that a media aide of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje had also called for the arrest of Bishop Onah over his inciting messages against Muslims


Reacting to the development, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, urged the Sultan and those it termed as religious bigots to stop overheating the country’s polity.

Onwubiko accused the Sultan of inciting and threatening Christianity by his “unholy petition.”

The media space has been agog with the news of the petition by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) asking the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, and the Department of State Services, to as a matter of urgency interrogate the Most Rev. Dr. Godfrey Onah; Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese in Enugu State over what it described as hate speech, inciting sermon of lies, fabricated to provoke hatred for Muslims.

But HURIWA urged the IGP to dismiss the petition against the clergyman.


A statement by Onwubiko reads partly: “The Sultan is inciting and threatening Christianity by trying to play god and must not be allowed to achieve his unholy plans. If we sit back and fold our arms whilst this perceived discrimination is allowed to fester, then we will be shooting ourselves in the foot and destroying the essence of constitutional democracy.

“We are by this Media Statement demanding that the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the State Security Service should dismiss the unholy petition else we will not fail to consider the option of seeking legal redress in a Court of competent jurisdiction.

“We also urge the President; His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari to save what is left of the unity of this country. In the last five years, his administration has planted animosity between different Ethnic and religious nationalities than even the civil war created, so much that it will take the Grace of God and the will to overpower our differences for Nigeria to rebuild the bridge of unity that the discriminatory administrative style of President Muhammadu Buhari has destroyed in the last five years.”


HURIWA give reasons Ibrahim Magu should resign


The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has called on Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to resign as head of the anti-graft commission.

HURIWA explained that Magu’s immediate resignation would salvage the image and reputation of EFCC from further damage.

The prominent rights group made the call in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and National Director of Media, Zainab Yusuf.


HURIWA warned that Magu’s return to EFCC would make a mockery of President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption.

HURIWA also called for a probe into assets forfeited while Magu was still in office.

Ibrahim Magu

The statement reads: “HURIWA calls on the suspended EFCC Acting Chairman; Ibrahim Magu to resign so as not to destroy what is left of the reputation of the anti-graft agency and the urgent need to expand the scope of investigation on all the cases of assets forfeiture including the serious claim by Chief Emmanuel Nwude that the EFCC under Ibrahim Magu allegedly cornered his assets that were not part of the originally listed assets to be forfeited in the judgment of the Lagos High Court when he was convicted for advance fees fraud including houses of his original family built long before he had issues with the law.”


The rights group also called on Buhari to ensure the independence of key anti-corruption institutions in the country.

Magu was suspended by an investigative panel headed by Justice Ayo Salami, following an indictment by the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

He was accused of corruption, insubordination, mismanagement of recovered loots among other allegations.


Buhari still appointing northerners to key political positions – HURIWA


Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has described the reported appointment of the Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, as acting chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as the continuation of the northernization agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

The rights group said the President’s decision offends section 14(3) of the 1999 constitution on the Federal Character Principles.

HURIWA, in a statement to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) on Thursday by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said this skewed appointments tilted towards favouring only Hausa/Fulani Northern Muslim has reaching consequences on the unity and cohesion of the country.

HURIWA noted that these Hausa/Fulani individuals who have in the last five years dominated the entire internal security and law enforcement agencies have failed to discharge their duties professionally and periodically.


The rights group pointed out that the Nigerian Customs Service, the Nigerian Immigration Services, the Nigerian Prisons, the Nigerian Police and now the EFCC are all headed by individuals drawn from just from one religion and one region of the country.

“Let it be clearly spelt out from onset that we in HURIWA have nothing against the very distinguished and performance minded FCT Commissioner of Police in the person of Alhaji Ciroma Bala.

“HURIWA respects him as a thoroughbred Police officer. This is because there is little doubt that he has performed to the best of his ability to police the nation’s capital even with intermittent violent crises happening in the seat of power, but our position is that appointing another northerner to head the EFCC will make it look like all the top echelons of the security forces and law enforcement agencies must be mostly Northerners and Moslems.


“This unconstitutional practice that has gone on since 2015 is illegal and absolutely intolerable. Nigerian security and law enforcement agencies must not be headed by mostly Northerners in a federation that is made up of a collection of diverse ethnic-religious communities.

HURIWA said it is both unconstitutional and unethical to make appointment choices from only one region when there are three dominant Ethnic groups with over 300 other smaller nationalities and there are Moslems, Christians, African Traditional Religion Adherents, and Atheists in Nigeria.


According to the group, it seems the President is rudderless and helpless to act apparently fearing a backlash he would receive from his Muslim constituency, who according to it, “do not own Nigeria.”

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that a presidential committee is currently probing the activities of EFCC under Magu.


This followed an indictment by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

On Monday, Magu was picked up by security operatives said to be from the Department of State Services, DSS, and taken to the Presidential Villa, Abuja as part of the ongoing investigation.

The Commission’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, however, said Magu was invited for questioning.

The EFCC announced yesterday that its Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar will oversee the affairs of the commission in the absence of its suspended acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.



Buhari should blame himself for killings in Nigeria – HURIWA


The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Thursday berated President Muhammadu Buhari for the current state of insecurity across the country.

HURIWA also asked President Buhari to blame himself for the level of insecurity in Nigeria.

The rights group made the call while condemning the arrest of protesters in Katsina State.

In a statement signed and forwarded by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, the rights group also canvassed for the unconditional release of all the leaders of the protests in the North arrested by the security forces on alleged orders of President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the rights group, peaceful protests are covered by chapter four of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which guarantees citizenship rights such as freedoms of association, Expression and Movement.


The statement reads: “The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is first and foremost the father of the nation and the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria whose primary duty as spelt out in the Constitution in section 15(2) (B) that the security and welfare of the people SHALL be the Primary Purpose of Government, must never be seen offering lame, timid and inexcusable reasons for the widespread violence and mass killings going on all over the Country with Northern Nigeria as the epicenter of TERRORISM and armed conflicts.

“This government in Abuja has for five years given meaningless excuses on why it can not arrest, prosecute and punish mass killers. This is absolutely intolerable. The President is constitutionally obliged to defend and protect all the territorial assets of Nigeria from all armed marauders, terrorists and armed bandits.

“If he or she lacks the strategy to so actualize stability of the National security then he/she has no business remaining in office a day more than he has failed to discharge the Primary Constitutional imperative of his office because the citizens are the owners of the sovereignty of Nigeria who gave the President the legitimacy to exercise authority for a statutory period of time in line with the provisions of the Supreme Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“HURIWA has watched as groups of youth organizations known commonly as the Coalition of Northern Youths (CNY), Northern States’ chapters in their state capitals and across the North including Katsina State staged peaceful protests over incessant killings in Niger State and the entire northern states.


“The CNY is blaming the governments for inaction in tackling the security challenges bedeviling northern Nigeria as armed bandits kill citizens, rape women and their daughters and destroy properties with impunity while the government seems to be watching helplessly”.

The groups which made recommendations on how to check insecurity lamented that hundreds of people have been rendered homeless, properties that cannot be quantified monetarily destroyed or stolen, millions of Naira paid as ransom, children orphaned and human dignity butchered”.

HURIWA has also blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for the mass killings because of the unconstitutional and illegal practice of releasing detained terrorists into the society as repentant terrorists as against the demands of the common laws to prosecute and punish mass murderers in accordance with the provisions of the law.

“No sane society that is functional and lawful will release killers without letting them face the full weight of the law. A nation that dines and wines with terrorists as the current Administration does, will inevitably be providing resources for armed terrorists to destabilise the country “.



HURIWA attack Buhari over systemic appointments of Fulani, Kanuri and…

A Civil Rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has expressed apprehensions over the lopsided appointment by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government.

HURIWA condemned the continued domination of strategic appointments by Hausa, Fulani, and Kanuri extraction under Buhari’s administration.

It stressed that due to the deep-seated Northern Muslims domination of all strategic federal appointments under Buhari including the skewed appointments in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), the next government may need to “convoke a year-long National Constitutional Conference to try to mend the deeply broken fences.”

A statement sent by HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko reads: “The current Government under President Muhammadu Buhari has skewed all strategic appointments to favour his cronies and political affiliates in the Core Moslem North and a sprinkling of some Christian Northerners but millions of Northerners are left marginalised just like the heavily marginalised Southerners under the current administration.

“However the impact is felt more in the far North whereby due to a large-scale state of wars by armed hoodlums many poor individuals in places like Sokoto and Katsina States have since the last two years migrated into Niger Republic for succour and security whilst only a few Northern elites with assets offshore are the few controlling the national assets under the watch of the selective administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.


“Last year, NobleReporters learnt that Many Nigerians residing in Katsina State have fled to neighbouring Niger Republic to escape persistent attacks by kidnappers and bandits. In addition to evacuating their family members, the Nigerians are also acquiring plots and building houses in Niger Republic’s towns of Maradi and Dan Issa. This is even as some of them have obtained resident permits, allowing them to stay in the West African country.”

HURIWA blamed the unequal redistribution of national wealth for the total state of anarchy in the North.