Don’t Dialogue with Bandits—HURIWA tells FG

A leading pro-democracy and civil rights organisation— Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has described as a constitutional crime and an unmitigated evil tantamount to an impeachable offence the absolutely ill-advised decision of the current President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to go into dialogue in Zamfara state with armed Fulani militia and bandits

This is as the group noted that the present administration also planned to appease the “mass murderers” with the whooping sum of N100 billion from the tax payers under the guise of setting up cattle ranches for their totally privately owned businesses of herders.

Besides, the Rights group also carpeted the acting inspector General of police Alhaji Adamu Mohammed for gleefully announcing the ‘truce’ reached in Zamfara to chase out bandits between the Federal Government’s delegation made up largely of Hausa/Fulani Moslem dominated internal security team of the current administration and the Miyetti Allah cattle owners Association— a group that supports the activities of armed Fulani Herdsmen over the past few years.

In a press statement made available to The Sight News, the group said, “HURIWA, is disappointed that a supposed chief law enforcement officer of the Country can descend so low as to beg persons suspected to have been carrying out persistent armed banditry and attacks across Zamfara, Kaduna, Niger, Katsina, merely begging them to stop attacking Nigerians when it is the constitutional obligation of the Nigeria police force to enforce law and order and bring all criminal suspects to face the legal consequences of their crimes against humanity and against the Nigerian State”.

The Rights group said the only possible reason the current administration could enter into dialogue with armed bandits is because the offenders share the same Ethno-religious affiliations with the holders of the top security portfolios who make up the exclusive Hausa/Fulani dominated Internal Security architecture of the current administration which offends the Federal Character principles of the Constitution and for which many Nigerians have on several occasions and in numerous publications asked President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to Balance the composition of his top security appointments to reflect the Federal character of the federation of Nigeria.

According to them, “The members of the current national security team made up of mostly one Ethnicity and persons of one Religious affiliations same with the armed Fulani herdsmen and bandits have always made decisions that reflects their biasness and inclination to pamper and protect these armed bandits who ought to be dealt a heavy blow in line with the constitutional provisions.

“The other time the minister of Defence who is from Zamfara state was the person who rather than condemn and order the arrest and prosecution of armed Fulani herdsmen unleashing mayhem and violence in Benue state was the one who tried to provide some kind of justification for these dare-devil blood cuddling attacks on Benue communities by blaming the properly passed state legislation banning open grazing of cattle which has been at the core of much of the bloodshed.

“The minister of interior who is Fulani Moslem has on many occasions belittled the gravity of the armed Fulani violent attacks and dismissed it not as a terror campaign but as a mere law and order issue which the police can handle. These members of the internal security team including Mr President have openly made statements that are obviously ambiguous and have failed to decisively treat these attacks by armed bandits and armed Fulani attacks as a major national security challenge.

“This is why there is the urgency of the now for President Buhari to obey the constitution and appoint persons of diverse ethno-religious affiliations to make up the national security team and professionally and clinically tackle the rising waves of insecurity and national paralysis.

“As a group of committed patriots, we are shocked to read that this government has entered into a communion of the devil with the armed bandits and armed Fulani herdsmen who have wreaked havoc and unleashed devastation across many communities in Nigeria. Why do we have laws and why do we have institutions of law enforcement?

“This shameful piece of bad news of seeking to bribe outlaws and terrorists by this government must be seen for what it is. It is treason that must be seen as an immediate impeachable offence. All those who communicated with bandits and outlaws must be arrested and prosecuted for high treason because the laws must not be a respecter of any person”, the group ended.

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