The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has accused the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi of pampering Fulani terrorists.
HURIWA made the remark while berating Magashi over his recent comment on why the government was yet to proscribe bandits as terrorists.
The rights group wondered why the Federal Government proscribed the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, as a terrorist, but has delayed in doing same with bandits.
Magashi had said due process was responsible for Federal Government’s delay in declaring bandits as terrorists.
He had said there was a procedure that needed to be observed before bandits are proscribed.
However, the rights group challenged the rights group to show evidence of terrorists killed in the Northwest by soldiers.
A statement signed by HURIWA’s National Coordinator reads:
“A situation whereby Nigerians are taken for granted by the heads of the security architectures who are all of the same Northern Moslem extractions and we are told that the armed forces are waging military actions targeted at eradicating the terrorists in the North West who are mostly Fulani by ethnicity same as the heads of the security institutions under Muhammadu Buhari who appointed only his kinsmen into those strategic national institutions but in actual fact these same terrorists that the government has refused to classify appropriately as terrorists but prefers to call them bandits are still carrying out massive attacks on soft and military targets.”
HURIWA accused heads of security operatives of bias in the fight against terrorism.
The right group lamented that most of those in charge of Nigeria’s security architecture are Northern Muslims.
“HURIWA as well as millions of rational Nigerians are not convinced that the armed forces headed by persons of same section of Nigeria and same religion are actually carrying out any military actions targeted at eradicating the terrorists in the North West,”
HURIWA alleged that the federal government was pampering the terrorists in the North West because they are of
“same ethnic Fulani and Muslims with the President and virtually all the heads of the internal security architectures in the Country under President Muhammadu Buhari since 2015.”
The rights group also accused the Buhari-led government of “double standard” in their policies.