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HURIWA Calls For Buhari’s Arrest Over Atrocities In Igbo Land

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The Human Rights Writers’ Association of Nigeria (HURI­WA) has called for the immedi­ate arrest of former President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged atrocities committed in Imo State by terror groups and allegedly backed by him during his tenure as president.

A disturbing narrative of violent attacks, insecurity, and significant human rights violations in Igbo land since January 2021 was uncovered by an investigation by three NGOs in the UK and the USA, with the Buhari administration coming under intense scrutiny.

The Eastern Updates reports that the investigation, carried out by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law in collaboration with the Ekwenche Research Institute and the Global Igbo Leaders Coalition, accused the Buhari-led government of or­chestrating a wave of insecurity by radical Islamists, and deadly politics in the region.

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In a strongly worded statement on Monday, HURIWA called for Buhari’s arrest, leaving no room for ambiguity as the group urges urgent action against what they described as ‘gross human rights violations’.

It added that if the reported atrocities cannot be addressed via domestic mechanisms, other relevant international bodies, in­cluding the International Crimi­nal Court (ICC) should be called to intervene to ensure account­ability.

National Coordinator of HURIWA, Comrade Emman­uel Onwubiko, said, “The joint research investigation has illu­minated a troubling landscape across Igbo-controlled states, in­cluding Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Ebonyi, Abia, Delta, and Rivers.

The allegations are chilling, suggesting that insecurity, radi­calism, and lethal political agen­das have taken root, resulting in devastating consequences for the local populace. Both govern­ment security forces and govern­ment-linked armed entities are implicated in alleged unlawful killings, arson, and other deeply disturbing acts that have left com­munities shattered.

‘The findings brought to light by this joint research investiga­tion are a jolt to our collective conscience. The allegations that armed entities linked to the gov­ernment have perpetrated unlaw­ful killings, conflagrations, and other grave crimes cannot be dis­missed. We demand an immedi­ate, comprehensive investigation into these allegations, followed by swift and decisive action to ensure that all those responsible are held accountable.’

Intensifying their advocacy be­yond the realm of rhetoric, HURI­WA rallied Nigerian non-govern­mental organisations (NGOs) and the formidable Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, to join forces in their quest for justice.

Our impassioned call to action resonates with the an­guish felt by Nigerians across the nation. The alleged situation presents a profound challenge, one that demands a rigorous ex­amination of Nigeria’s human rights landscape and security in­frastructure. The calls for action echo far beyond Nigeria’s borders, as the international community watches closely, eager to see how the Nigerian government will re­spond to these deeply disturbing allegations.

‘As Nigeria grapples with the gravity of the accusations, it is faced with a defining moment that will shape its stance on hu­man rights, justice, and account­ability. The allegations have thrust Nigeria into the global spotlight, prompting calls for transparency, accountability, and an unwaver­ing commitment to human rights from international observers and human rights organisations.

‘The unfolding narrative serves as a stark reminder of the urgency of safeguarding human rights, promoting justice, and preserving the rule of law. The fervent call for the arrest of Pres­ident Buhari is not just an isolated demand but a resounding echo of the global quest for justice and ac­countability.

“As Nigeria navigates these turbulent waters, the nation’s commitment to upholding human rights and ensuring justice will define its moral compass, both on the domestic front and within the international community.

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