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HURIWA Asks Buhari To Resign, Says Nigeria Becoming Ungoverned Space



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Worried about the increasing terrorism and kidnappings in the northern part of the country, the civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has warned that the nation is sliding into a huge ungoverned space.

It said this situation required the intervention of world leaders and the United Nations to stave off the collapse of constitutional democracy in the country.

HURIWA believes that the reason these attackers are becoming much more daring is the toxic body language of those in control of the political layers of power in Abuja alongside the dangerous fact that all the strategic security positions are headed by persons who share the same ethno-religious orientation with the majority of the armed terrorists who are threatening the national security and are getting away with their evil.

According to HURIWA, since President Muhammadu Buhari does not believe in federal character in the appointment of security chiefs and since his persistent and serial nepotistic appointments in the last six years have brought the nation to a near-failed state, the next best option is to plead with him in the name of God to resign honourably.

HURIWA said that against “the backdrop of the incessant kidnappings of citizens by mostly armed Fulani terrorists who seem to be enjoying the Federal Government’s protection through deliberate inaction and ‘audio/fake military attacks in the forests’ following the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to classify them as terrorists and to direct the armed forces of Nigeria to sweep them off the deep forests of Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger States, it will be more honourable for President Muhammadu Buhari to tender his letter of resignation if he still loves to see Nigeria remain unbroken.”

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The rights group in a statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf regretted that “since 2015 the nation has increasingly become one huge ungoverned space following the abdication of their constitutional functions by the President and the commander-In-Chier of the Armed Forces of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari who has rather chosen to focus on promoting the primordial agenda of his religion and his Fulani ethnic nationality to the detriment, disadvantage and endangerment of the territorial integrity and national security of Nigeria.”

The rights group said that ” the deeper cause of the national security crises facing Nigeria is the absence of an independent National Assembly since 2019 when the lackeys of President Muhammadu Buhari were elected as Senate President and Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives.

“President Buhari’s failure and unwillingness to decisively deal with the armed Fulani attackers because of ethno-religious consideration is the motivation needed by terrorist organisations like the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association to continue to threaten states that have decided to pass legislation banning open grazing of cattle.

” The Nigerian president at the moment has decided to fruitlessly chase after the private interest of cattle owners who are his kinsmen whilst neglecting his core function of protecting the territory of Nigeria from invasions by such armed groups that have successfully overwhelmed states like Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger states just as armed Fulani insurgents have continued to get the Federal Government’s cover even as they launch many daredevil attacks to communities in Benue State in North Central Nigeria and the largely Christian- dominated Southern Kaduna State.”

HURIWA recalled that terrorists suspected to be bandits had on Saturday abducted the wife and two children of a lawmaker representing Bakori at the Katsina State House of Assembly, Dr. Ibrahim Aminu Kurami.

It quoted the media as stating that a family source, Muhammad Kurami, told  newsmen that the assailants stormed the village around 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and attacked the senator’s residence. “The bandits drove in on motorbikes and cars around 9:00 p.m.on Saturday night, blockaded the Funtua-Katsina road for minutes while the abduction of the Kurami family went on at his home.”

HURIWA quoted the eye witness as stating as follows: “Immediately after Ishaa’i prayers we started hearing gunshots in the town, before we knew it they already positioned themselves in the strategic places of the town to avert any possible move by the residents to engage them. They went straight to the home of the honourable member and made away with his wife and two children. A neighbor of the lawmaker, Malam Ubaidu Abdulhakim, was shot by the bandits while he was trying to help the family.”

HURIWA recalled that Dr. Ibrahim Kurami was elected lawmaker last December in a bye-election following the death of the member representing Bakori Constituency in the State House of Assembly..

HURIWA recalled also that terrorists suspected to be bandits have kidnapped the district head of Wawa community in Borgu Kingdom Niger State, Dr. Mahmud Ahmed Aliyu.

The gunmen had attacked the palace of Ahmed Aliyu around 9:30p.m on Saturday and abducted him at gunpoint.

Source said that the terrorists attacked the palace carrying guns and cutlasses; and went straight to the traditional ruler’s apartment where he had already retired.

Aliyu is said to be the 16th Dodo of Wawa and a PhD holder in environmental science from a Malaysian university . He is in the 12th year of his reign.

The civil rights advocacy group carpeted the presidency and the National Assembly for failing to take lasting measures to combat these terror attacks , and the president for failing to officially list these armed Fulanis in those forests of Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger States as terrorists and to seek clear, unambiguous international interventions by the United Nations and such nations like the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

HURIWA therefore “strongly canvasses that since it will be eternally impossible for the legislative slaves of President Muhammadu Buhari who are at the hierarchy of the National Assembly to move for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari who can’t protect Nigerians from ‘favoured terrorists named bandits’, the best way out of the quagmire in Nigeria is for President Muhammadu Buhari on his own volition to tender a letter of resignation and take a long walk home so a fresh team of leaders can decisively sweep off these terror groups that President Mohammadu Buhari’s has so far preferred to simply identify as armed bandits instead of calling them the terrorists that they are because these terrorists have already demonstrated their capacity to shoot down a military plane. ”

HURIWA said it would “not be shocking if the terrorists are able to take over the newly purchased Tucano military jets because the current administration is unwilling to wage a law-based war on terror against the armed Fulani attackers.”


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BREAKING: NLC, TUC Suspend Planned Strike As Govt, Labour Leaders Meet



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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Monday night suspended their strike scheduled for Wednesday.

This development is sequel to a meeting by the representatives of the Federal Government and the Organised Labour at the Presidential Villa on Monday night over fuel subsidy removal.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives and newly appointed Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, who disclosed the outcome of the meeting to State House correspondents, read a communique stating the agreement struck between the NLC, TUC and the team set up by President Bola Tinubu to discuss the issues arising from the subsidy removal.

According to him, the Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC would establish a joint committee to review the proposal for any wage increase or award and establish a framework and timeline for implementation.

“The Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC would review World Bank Financed Cash transfer scheme and propose inclusion of low-income earners in the programme.

“The Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC to revive the CNG conversion programme earlier agreed with Labour centres in 2021 and work out detailed implementation and timing.

“The Labour centres and the Federal Government to review issues hindering effective delivery in the education sector and propose solutions for implementation.

“The Labour centres and the Federal Government to review and establish the framework for completion of the rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries.

“The Federal Government to provide a framework for the maintenance of roads and expansion of rail networks across the country.

“All other demands submitted by the TUC to the Federal Government will be assessed by the joint committee.

“Consequently, the parties agreed follows:

“The NLC to suspend the notice of strike forthwith to enable further consultations

“The TUC and the NLC to continue the ongoing engagements with the Federal Government and secure closure on the resolutions above

“The Labour Centres and the Federal Government to meet on June 19, 2023, to agree on an implementation framework.”

Earlier on Monday, the National Industrial Court restrained the Organised Labour from embarking on any form of strike.

Ruling on an exparte application filed before the court, Justice O.Y. Anuwe restrained the defendants (the TUC and the NLC) from embarking on the planned nationwide strike on Wednesday pending the hearing and determination of the motion of notice dated June 5, 2023.

The judge also ordered that the defendants be immediately served with the originating processes, the motion on notice and the order of the court.

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BREAKING:Court Bars NLC, TUC From Strike Over Petrol Subsidy Removal



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The National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Abuja division, on Monday restrained the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from embarking on strike over the removal of petrol subsidy.

The federal government had asked the court for an interim injunction preventing the labour unions from proceeding on the strike scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

Delivering the ruling on Monday, Olufunke Anuwe, the presiding judge, said the unions should halt the planned strike pending the hearing and determination of the ex parte motion filed by the federal government.

On June 2, NLC issued a five-day ultimatum to the federal government to revert to the old price of petrol or face a nationwide strike.

Worker unions, including the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), and Nigeria Union of Journalists, have asked their members to join the planned strike.

Owing to the development, the federal government approached the court for an interim injunction.

The presiding judge said the federal government was able to show that the planned strike is capable of disrupting activities in the health and education sectors.

“The defendants/respondents are hereby restrained from embarking on the planned industrial action/or strike of any nature, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice dated 5th June 2023,” the judge said.

“It is ordered that the defendant/respondents be immediately served with the originating processes in this suit, the motion on notice and the order of this court hereby made.

“The motion on notice is hereby fixed for hearing for 19th June 2023. Hearing notices to that effect shall be served on the defendants/respondents along with the other processes.”

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BREAKING: Kwara Govt Reduces Workdays To Three Over Fare Rise



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Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak.

As fares have risen following the removal of fuel subsidy, the Kwara State government has directed that work days be reduced from five days to three per week for every worker in the state.

The state government said on Monday that the reduction of working days had become necessary following the astronomical hike in fares.

This is contained in a statement in Ilorin, by Murtala Atoyebi, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazak.

The State Head of Service, Mrs Susan Oluwole, therefore directed all Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to immediately work out a format indicating the alternating work days for each worker under them.

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