Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Sunday said President Muhammadu Buhari’s double standard is responsible for the upsurge in inter-ethnic clashes across the country.
In a statement issued by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA called for a change of ‘the myopic narrative’ by the administration of President Buhari with a view to governing the nation without undue loyalty of the President to his religion and ethnicity which has created chasms all around Nigeria since the last five and half years of the current administration.
The Rights group said the President has maintained his nepotistic practices of always insisting on picking his Hausa/Fulani Moslems to head security architectures of significance just as the rights advocacy group said it was incomprehensible that a tribe like the Igbo speaking nationality of South East of Nigeria has never had a service chief of any of the armed security forces since the assumption of office of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
HURIWA maintained that Buhari has created the perception that members of his Hausa/Fulani ethnicity can never be prosecuted for the offences of alleged invasions and destruction of farms and the slaughter of Citizens majority of whom are Christians.
The Rights group said the Police has also exacerbated the conflicts between different ethnicities because the Nigerian Police Force has been ethnicised by President Buhari to appear more like a Hausa/Fulani brigade than a national police force with the dominance of Moslems of Hausa/Fulani ethnic stock being favoured in all the top flight promotions ever carried out under President Buhari since 2015 with the South East of Nigeria always kept in the fringes.
“When you make your administration appear like a village meeting of Hausa/Fulani and only promote your people in the security forces, you are only stoking up the embers of ethnic and religious hatred and conflicts like the type that flared up sadly in the biggest city in West Africa- Ibadan, Oyo State, South West of Nigeria.”
The Rights group said “the deliberate failure of the administration of President Buhari to prosecute armed Fulani herdsmen responsible for the massive destructions of parts of Benue, Southern Kaduna, Plateau and Enugu States including the spate of killings and kidnapping in such places like Nasarawa, Benue, Kaduna, masterminded by mostly armed Fulani herdsmen is the fundamental cause of organised chasms and divisiveness dovetailing into the conflagration and bloody conflicts such as the fight between traders of Hausa/Yoruba ethnicities in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
“It is increasingly becoming notorious that the Presidency or rather, the administration of retired military General Muhammadu Buhari, the Katsina state born Fulani erstwhile military despot, is much more concerned about elevating the parochial and mundane group interests of his ethnicity no matter how dangerous to the health of the nation, above the public good. This President has demonstrated overwhelmingly and has had running squabbles with representatives of diverse Ethnic groups in a warped attempt to impose policies that are offensive to the greatest public good of the collective.”
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