Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria,(HURIWA), has accused the government of President Muhammadu Buhari of “being so sectional”.
National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the group’s Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, made this allegation in a statement titled, ‘HURIWA Cautions AGF On Yoruba Nation/IPOB’.
It further “carpeted the Federal Government for failing to declare as terrorists, the armed militia in the forests of Zamfara State who shot down a military jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force.”
The group also urged the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to leave separatists alone and ensure the prosecution of suspected bandits and Boko Haram members in the custody of security agencies.
HURIWA was reacting to a statement by the AGF Office that the government might proscribe Yoruba Nation group just like it outlawed the Indigenous People of Biafra in 2017.
Newsmen had reported that Malami’s Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Umar Gwandu, said the Federal Government would explore all options within the context of the law — including proscription — to ensure a peaceful and united Nigeria.
Reacting, HURIWA said it was unjust that the government proscribed IPOB and might outlaw Yoruba Nation separatist group but failed to declare bandits ravaging parts of the country as terrorists.