Says human rights group doesn’t want the best for President Buhari’s administration
Challenge members to visit territories in Borno, others without security coverage
By Joseph Erunke
The Northeast Coalition of Elders for Peace and Development (CNEEPD) has accused the Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) of insensitivity to the plight of thousands of people in the region who suffer the misfortune of aggravating insecurity in the country.
According to the respected elders, only individuals and groups who oppose the people and progress would attack those who ask President Muhammadu Buhari to relieve the heads of service from their appointments, in the face of violent attacks caused by the rise of the insurgency / terrorism in the country. Northeast, banditry / kidnapping in the Northwest / Northwest and other crimes that assail the nation.
Let us remember that HURIWA had issued a statement in which it attacked the elders of the North for requesting the replacement of the military chiefs, who have remained in office, despite the shameful and precarious security situation in the country.
In a statement by its CEO, Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA had rebuked the coalition of elders for insisting on a review of the security architecture, due to the almost daily killings of men, women and children in the region.
“We hereby call upon the leaders and elders of the North to stop the well-oiled, calculated and orchestrated campaign of slander, and desist from the breweries’ criticism of the war on terror and return to their communities to show leadership. by example to his pupils and children.
“These members of the terrorist network who seek the destruction of modern constitutional democracy in Nigeria are children and wards of these community elders who are now transferring their misdirected anger onto the heads of service.
“What the elders of the North must do with due respect is articulate a position paper on the practical steps they should take to dissuade and discourage their relatives and friends from joining the terrorist groups that are waging the war of attrition against the Nigerians State and the people of Nigeria.
“What is needed now, apart from the well-equipped, motivated and battle-ready combatants that Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has endeavored to progressively and rapidly institutionalize, is the community engagement component in the implementation of counter-terrorism measures to decisively deal with the threats posed to the territorial integrity of Nigeria by armed terrorists and other desperate non-state armed actors, ”the group said.
In its reaction, however, the CNEEPD rebuked the association led by Onwubiko, claiming that the group was paid to defame it. hard-earned reputation.
In a statement from its National Coordinator, Engr. Zana Goni, CNEEPD challenged HURIWA members and those who she claimed were her sponsors to visit communities and territories in Borno and other northeastern states without security protection.
While describing the HURIWA attack as shameful, elders in the north said the former’s statement showed that they were paid agents of those who did not wish the best for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
To reinforce their claim, elders in the north invited the demanding public to take note of a statement from HURIWA a few days ago criticizing President Buhari for not doing enough to stem the wave of insecurity across the country.
They said it was pathetic that the rights group could pass and fail at the same time.
The CNEEPD reproduced HURIWA’s attack on President Buhari, signed by Onwubiko and another like this: “What the president does is practice his deep-rooted nepotism and favoritism in the appointments, which is why he prefers that his fellow Muslims from the North Fulani / Hausa have such a strategic position portfolios as heads of Department of State Services; Inspector General of Police, Comptroller General of Customs and Immigration; Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Nigerian Civil Defense and Security Corps.
“The President has not taken the opportunity of his reflection on the bloody attacks against Nigerians by a wide range of armed non-state actors, terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, armed Fulani herdsmen and cultists of the past twelve months to categorically tell Nigerians of their pragmatic approach to solving widespread insecurity and the growing specter of bloody attacks.
“Rather, he went round and round in a circus with no deliverables, playing with sophistry and deception.”
According to the elders of the north, the above position, when juxtaposed with the regrettable attack on their patriotic call for the firing of the heads of service, revealed HURIWA as a non-serious group that cares less about the security crisis plaguing them. Nigeria.
“We have been struck by a rather insensitive and shameful statement from a group that goes by the acronym HURIWA.
“Normally, the Northeast Coalition of Elders for Peace and Development would not have dignified the group with an answer, but rather by the need to remind the foolish public of what characterizes the mentioned group.
Let us hasten to affirm that our constant appeal to our dear and kind President to fire the heads of service is due to patriotism and the need to restore public trust.
“We remind the group led by one Emmanuel Onwubiko, that our position has continued to align with that of our respected senators, members of the House of Representatives, as well as other concerned Nigerians, who are in the majority.
“Therefore, we consider that Onwubiko and her fellow travelers may have lost touch with reality or are being mischievous in their attack on our members.”
While wondering why a sane group would oppose the call for the appointment of new military chiefs, the CNEEPD asked if HURIWA understood what career progression in the military means.
“We challenged Onwubiko and his supporters to appear before officers (both serving and retired), whose professional growth has been affected by the continued tenure of Chiefs of Service, to make that argument.
“As respected elders concerned that our farmers can barely access their farms, while the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) continues to grow, we will not give in on our call for a new order in the security sector.
“We advise Onwubiko and his fellow travelers to give a new leaf, embrace reality, so that posterity is not hard on them.”