HUMAN Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has condemned the federal government’s move to commence the importation of fuel from the Niger Republic, saying it was wrong for President Muhammadu Buhari to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, for such.

HURIWA, in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, yesterday, said the move to import fuel from the Niger Republic shows a systemic failure.

“The failure of the administration to fix Nigeria’s three or four refineries in preference to the patronizing of Niger Republic is an act of systemic and systematic economic sabotage against the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“If Nigeria has an independent National Assembly headed by independent-minded patriotic statesmen and not these executive attack dogs, the central legislature would have probed the unbridled enthusiasm of President Buhari to corner the resources of Nigeria to build railways in that country and now the signing of a memorandum of understanding to begin the importation of fuel from Niger whilst our publicly owned refineries are left to rot despite huge investments under the guise of doing a turn around maintenance,” it said.

HURIWA opined that the deliberate failure of the Buhari led government to rapidly and very effectively refurbish the four state-owned refineries so that Nigeria can rely on homemade petroleum products to satisfy domestic requirements is an act of economic sabotage by influential persons in the current administration whose major strategic interests is to economically empower the Niger Republic making use of Nigeria’s resources.

It added that it is the reason for the so-called MoU between the Ministry of Petroleum Resources supervised by Buhari himself and the Niger Republic – the same country that is earmarked to benefit from the over $1 billion railway line from Kano State in the North-West to Maradi deep inside the Niger Republic.

It would be recalled that the Nigerian Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Silva, and his counterpart from the Niger Republic, Foumakoye Gado, had confirmed Nigeria’s interest to import fuel from Soraz Refinery in Zinder in the Niger Republic.