The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) says President Muhammadu Buhari has been unfair with the reported release of some Boko Haram ex-fighters.
The group in a statement on Thursday lamented that the action of the federal government led by President Buhari is total injustice with embattled IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu held in custody.
It will be recalled that the Nigerian Army on Wednesday, reportedly, secretly released 1,009 ex-Boko Haram fighters to the Borno State government.
The event according to top military sources was initially planned for an earlier date but was suspended indefinitely by the military authorities in the wake of the appointment of the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS).
The released fighters had been kept in military custody at Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Naija News understands before they were released to the state government on Wednesday.
Reacting to the report, HURIWA in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko; and the group’s Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, titled, ‘Release Of Boko Haram Suspects Is An Impeachable Offence: – HURIWA Tells President Buhari’ said “the trending report of the freeing and resettlement of hundreds of Boko Haram terrorists on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari is not just an unpardonable ethical crime but amounts to an impeachable offence by the President because it undermines the basis of the rule of law.
“Besides, HURIWA has asked President Buhari to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and all the detained members of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra because in the thinking of the group, if the government can undermine the constitution to free hardened terrorists, why is the government detaining members of a self-determination group that denies government accusations of its involvement in the killing of security operatives in South-East Nigeria?”
The group, therefore, called on the National Assembly to “wake up from slumber and defend the Constitution by compelling President Muhammadu Buhari to stop breaking the law by releasing terrorists and move to impeach him should he refuse to rescind the unconstitutional conduct”.
Meanwhile, Northern Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have accused the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of intimidating their colleagues to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Naija News reports that the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, stated this after a meeting with his colleagues in Abuja, late on Wednesday.
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