Dialogue with terrorists dangerous- HURIWA

By Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has warned the Federal Government of the far- reaching devastating consequences of encouraging dialogues with bandits.

The group said government is not supposed to negotiate with those threatening national security.

HURIWA is also considering suing the President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to compel them to enforce the Counter terror Act should principal actors in the Federal Cabinet continue to actively sympathise and fraternise with terrorists and armed bandits in clear violations of the extant counter terrorism law.

It said that the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to tolerate dialogues with terrorists as championed by the Kaduna Islamic cleric Sheikh Abubakar Gumi is: “high treasonous and breaches the extant counter terrorism law which is a binding law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

The group also expressed shock and consternation with the language employed by the Kaduna Islamic cleric, stating: “If it is true that the Moslem cleric blamed Christian members of the armed forces for the killings of the armed bandits, then this is an act of treason taken too far, if proven”.

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Briefing journalists on Monday in Abuja on insecurity, National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, also carpeted the Imo Governor, Hope Uzodinma, for invitation of military to embark on operations in Orlu, which is the second largest senatorial zone over a matter that did not call for full scale military actions.

HURIWA wondered: “Why did the Department of State Service (DSS) and Police harass, humiliate and intimidate the Christian Southern Kaduna – born erstwhile Deputy governor of Central Bank of Nigeria Dr. Obadiah Mailafiya for revealing that a Northern governor knows more about the terror attacks in the North but these same security institutions are watching as Sheikh Abubakar Gumi is violating the counter terror Act by dialoguing with terrorists and even having knowledge of the exact locations of heavily armed non state actors and terrorists who have several kidnapped school children?”

The rights group also condemned activities of Gumi, accusing him of interfering with the war on terror, undermining national security and portraying the nation as a lawless contraption.

Onwubiko said it is difficult to dismiss the general notion authorities have not shown political will and commitment to the war on terror, declaring: “It seems that not only have the real brains behind it not been prosecuted but are also being shielded. An ideology based crime does not end with the incarceration of the “foot soldiers”.

“Unfortunately usual extra judicial killing of high profile suspects suggests a pattern of cover up. Both Mohammed Yusuf and Alhaji Buji Foi, Boko Haram leader and the financier respectively, suffered the same fate while in police custody”.

HURIWA called on patriotic Nigerians to take steps legally to compel President Muhammadu Buhari to wage law based war on terrorists and end “these cocktails of appeasement of terrorists in Nigeria”.

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