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Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has called on Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimna and his colleagues in the South-East to stop beating around the bush on insecurity issues.
According to HURIWA, the governors have consistently adopted the same antiquated and ineffective strategy for combating terrorism, which is primarily kinetic and devoid of hard-core intelligence.
The committee encouraged the governor to abandon the naive idea that his supposedly superior technology, which President Muhammadu Buhari had approved, could end the insecurity, terrorism, and various banditry issues through centrifugal and centripetal pressures.
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The rights group challenged the Imo State Government and other South East governments to work on cultivating, incubating, maintaining and ensuring the existence of a sustainable top-quality human intelligence which would inevitably complement the advanced technology in crime fighting methodologies that would be effective and efficient.
HURIWA asked the governor to abolish the Ebubeagu militia because they have become political executioners who aren’t altruistic and professional enough to battle terrorists.
The rights advocacy group also wonders how Uzodinma thinks stability, lasting security and development will take place in the South East of Nigeria when the President, who the likes of Uzodinma consults intermittently seeking additional fighting forces, has denied the zone social justice by holding on to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in clear disrespect to the pleas for mercy by respected elders of Igbo extraction.
HURIWA argued that the unjust detention of Kanu complicated and compounded the security situation in the zone, with many fringe groups launching massive violent attacks targeting strategic national security assets and members of the armed forces.
The group said it believes that deployment of advanced technology can only achieve minimal results as long as comprehensive measures are not implemented to bring about a lasting peace through the enforcement of policies that embody social justice, respect for the rule of law and respect for the fundamental freedoms of the people.
The rights group wants Uzodinma and other South East governors to ask Buhari to free Kanu, and lift the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra since the group has not been found guilty of any terror-related attacks in any known judgment of any competent courts of law in Nigeria.
“Then secondly, the Governors should convoke broad-based dialogues and negotiations sessions with all groups irrespective of their ideological leanings with a view to convincing everyone to accept that violence, bloodshed, kidnappings, and sundry terrorism do not achieve any sustainable objectives,” it said.
HURIWA, through the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, carpeted Uzodinma for beating about the bush and for pursuing the same solution that had never worked since the past couple of years when violence became unprecedented in Imo State.