Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), had described as disturbing, the silence of President Bola Tinubu on the continuous economic haemorrhage in the South-East which is caused by sit-at-home enforced by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The sit-at-home, which has been on for over a year was initiated by IPOB as a protest to press home for the release of its leader Nnamdi Kanu, who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), for over one year….CONTINUE READING
HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement, urged President Tinubu, to fulfill his campaign promise to dialogue with the South East agitators as a way of restoring lasting peace in the zone.
Onwubiko, also urged the former governor of Lagos State not to follow the path of his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, who refused to free Kanu despite an Appeal Court judgement Kanu.
He told Tinubu to prove to Nigerians that he is a democrat by respecting the rule of law and the dispensation of justice.
Also, he implored the President to respect the sanctity of his promise made on November 24, 2022 during the presidential campaign of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.
He lamented that by August 2023, it would have been 730 days since the South-East zone began to observe the weekly sit-at-home exercise as declared by proponents of separatist state of Biafra, to press for the release of Kanu who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) in June 2023.
“For 730 days now, every Monday, beginning from August 9, 2021, sit-at-home had been consistently observed in the zone, grounding economic activities and causing an estimated loss of N7.6 trillion in productivity, potential investments as well as loss of lives and properties, according to a Guardian report.
“Since the commencement of the exercise in 2021 and this year, 105 Mondays of the 520 working days have been lost in terms of productivity or any real economic activity.
“This leaves the South-east region with 415 days in which her people are expected to go to work. Of the remaining 415 days, public holidays declared by the government further deplete the available productivity period in the zone.
“Aside from the financial loss, thousands of innocent traders and youths have been killed in the unfolding genocide in the South-East zone.
“Yet, the President since his swearing in on May 29, 2023, about two months now, has been silent on the killings in the South-East zone.
“In fact, the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, last Saturday, launched Operation Hakorin Damisa to end the killings and security challenges in Plateau State.
“The special operation squad comprises of 300 troops with seven Mines Resistance Armoured Personnel Vehicles, hundreds of Motorcycles, Buffaloes Patrol Vehicles and Armoured Personnel Vehicles.
“Yet, the COAS and other heads of security agencies have perpetually ignored the South-East where killings are ongoing daily for the last two years now.
“The continuous inaction and absolute silence of President Tinubu on the heightened situation of insecurity in the South East is disturbing.
“The President must fulfill his election promise by entering into constructive dialogue that will lead to the immediate release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from the illegal detention of the DSS.
“More alarming is the silence of the President on the economic haemorrhage being inflicted by Simon Ekpa’s illegal sit-at-home and his ability to enforce these illegal orders in the South-East.
“Tinubu’s silence and inaction is disconcerting. Tinubu should speak and act on the worsening security situation in the South-East to show his statesmanship as a leader for all Nigerians irrespective of whether they voted overwhelmingly for him or his rivals,” he added….CONTINUE READING