*condemns killings of Kano Monarch, DPO in Zamfara by terrorists:
Even as President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend vowed to end all forms of insecurity in the country before bowing out of office on May 29, Civil Rights Advocacy Group- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA(HURIWA) has told him that his words mean nothing to millions of Nigerians who have heard same empty and irrelevant promises in the last eight years, yet terrorists, bandits, armed herdsmen and kidnappers continued to unleash devastating violence against soft targets all across Nigeria.
HURIWA recalled that the President, who spoke from his country home in Daura, Katsina State, while virtually inaugurating 700 Ashok Leyland’s Troop-Carrying Vehicles assembled in Lagos, said his regime remained committed to winning the war against terrorism and other forms of insecurity and would stop at nothing to ensure citizens have a new Nigeria free from insecurity.
The Rights group recalled too that President Muhammadu Buhari: “I wish to commend the resolve of our armed forces towards the defeat of insurgency and its support in maintaining law and order as was demonstrated in the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections.”The President said the war against terrorism and criminality in the country will be sustained, and boosted with supplies of hardware and better care for the security outfits.”
HURIWA which described the government of President Muhammadu Buhari as a spectacular failure in the area of safeguarding lives and property of the citizens all across the Country, wondered whether President Muhammadu Buhari himself takes out some of his private times to sneak out from his cocoons disguised as a commoner to feel the pulse and heartbeat of the generality of Nigerians and to hear first hand from most ordinary Nigerians how their right to life, freedom of movement and other fundamental human rights have been impacted adversely by the activities of daredevil armed non state actors responsible for some 30,000 extralegal killings since the last eight years.
HURIWA said it seems the administration lacks a conscience and a sense of shame, otherwise the President wouldn’t be repeating himself over one hundred times in the media making same deliberately unattainable promises to end terrorism and violence in the Country which escalated due to inaction and ineffectiveness of his government but could have proceeded to let actions speak for the administration by delivering swift justice to terrorists and the masterminds of all the bloody attacks all around Nigeria rather than playing to the gallery just because the government bought few military hardwares which most other nations less endowed than Nigeria are even producing completely and not coupling or assembling in their home industries.
“Just few hours after President Muhammadu Buhari made the political statement on ending the spate of insecurity before his inglorious exit from government, he has jetted out of Nigeria to Qatar to attend one funny conference that wouldn’t enrich Nigerians in any form or shape but just to satisfy Muhammadu Buhari’s insatiable thirsts for globetrotting and probably due to the juicy allowances that follow those frivolous foreign trips. And as the President jetted off to the Middle East, the head of Maigari village in Rimin Gado Local Government Area of Kano State, Dahiru Abba, was shot dead by terrorists and a divisional police officer in Zamfara State was similarly killed by terrorists.”
HURIWA which condemned the mindless murders of both the Kano Monarch and the Police DPO in Zamfara this same Weekend asserted that the son of the murdered Emir who is the Chairman of Rimin Gado Local Government, Barrister Munir Dahiru Maigari, confirmed the incident and stated as follows: “It happened around 2am. They came and did what they did. We are now preparing for his burial. We cannot say anything regarding the cause of what happened for now, but he is dead and we pray for God’s mercy on his soul. He added that the gunmen broke into the monarch’s residence and assaulted him before opening fire. He explained that the burial ceremony will be conducted at his residence in Maigari village on Sunday morning.
HURIWA which accused the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari of engaging in hide-and-seek gambit with the North West terror masterminds who are mostly Fulanis like himself and have been deliberately left to hibernate around Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and Kebbi State, stated that hardly can any rational minded Nigerian take the words of the President to end terrorism for anything meaningful because these terrorists have been allowed to operate freely in the North West and these bandits have only just killed the Divisional Police Officer in Maru LGA Supretendent of police Kazeem Raheem who was murdered alongside two other policemen.
HURIWA is therefore asking President Muhammadu Buhari as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to inform Nigerians why the Armed forces under his command and control have failed to apprehend any of the 19 terrorists declared wanted by the Defence headquarters since November last year just as the Rights group said it is shameful that many of those terror masterminds so declared wanted are known to be parading about in different parts of the North West and even when the Air force claims to have bombarded the forests all of these real kingpins of terrorism are never affected by such bombing campaigns and these terrorist masterminds are even attending social and religious functions in the North West.
HURIWA said: ” On 15th November 2022, the Defence Headquarters declared 19 terrorists wanted and placed N5 million bounty on each of them. The details of the 19 terrorists were contained in a poster released by the then Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Jimmy Akpor, in Abuja. The information on the poster revealed that the N5 million cash reward is for anyone who could provide information that could lead to the arrest of one of the wanted terrorists. Akpor said the wanted persons are notorious bandits/terrorists that have been terrorising Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara States. He gave their names as follows: Sani Dangote who hails from Dumbarum Village in Zurmi Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State; Bello Turji Gudda from Fakai in Zamfara; Leko from Mozoj Village in Mutazu LGA of Katsina State; Dogo Nahali, from Yar Tsamiyar Village in Kankara LGA of Katsina State; Halilu Sububu from Sububu Village in Maradun LGA of Zamfara;Nagona from Angwan Galadima in Isa LGA of Sokoto State; Nasanda from Kwashabawa Village in Zurmi LGA of Zamara State; Isiya Kwashen Garwa from Kamfanin Daudawa Village of Faskari in Katsina State and Ali Kachalla, aka Ali Kawaje, from Kuyambara Village in Dansadau Maru of Zamfara. Others are Abu Radde from Varanda Village in Batsari LGA of Katsina State; Dan-Da from Varanda Village in Batsari LGA of Katsina; Sani Gurgu also from Varanda Village in Batsari LGA of Katsina; Umaru Dan Nigeria from RAFI Village in Mada District of Gusau; Alhaji Ado Aliero from Yankuzo Village in Tsafe LGA of Zamfara; Monore from Yantumaki Village in Dan LGA, Katsina State; Gwaska Dankarami from Shamushele Village in Zuri LGA of Zamfara, Baleri from Shinkafi LGA of Zamfara; Mamudu Tainange from Varanda Village in Batsari LGA of Katsina State and Nagala from Maru. Nigerians should ask President Muhammadu Buhari why he has failed to arrest these terrorist masterminds and he thinks we the good people of Nigeria will make any meaning of any promises he makes on ending terrorism before he leaves?”