The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) on Friday insisted that “President Muhammadu Buhari has led Nigeria backward by 60 years.”
HURIWA maintained that the past five years of Buhari’s administration has been an embodiment of “inaction and systemic inefficiency.”
It lamented that the state of human rights violations in the past five years has assumed epic proportions just as impunity, lawlessness and lack of respect for the sanctity of human life have become so widespread that many parts of Nigeria are currently in a state of civil war.
HURIWA made the remark in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and its National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf.
The rights group said thousands of Nigerians are killed by hoodlums and criminals while the government allegedly does nothing about it.
The statement reads partly: “As Nigerians observed a low key fifth anniversary of the current administration headed by President Muhammadu Buhari, it has been observed that due to cumulative inaction and systemic inefficiency, Nigeria’s national security has become so endangered as thousands of Nigerians are slaughtered by all kinds of freelance armed hoodlums and terrorists whilst the Government stands by and does nothing to put an end to these killings”.
“The current government has dragged Nigeria backward in terms of all identifiable human development indices by about 60 years or more.
“The unfortunate scenario is that since the last five years, top government officials have misused their powers to turn Nigeria into a police state thereby clamping journalists who write unfavourable news stories into detentions with lots of framed up and trumped-up charges”.
HURIWA described as laughable that whereas the Federal government identifies the armed Boko haram insurgency group as terrorists, it has rather chosen to treat armed Fulani herdsmen and the murderous attackers in the North West States of Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto as mere armed bandits.
Similarly, former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode and former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, all under the administration of Goodluck Jonathan, have given their own summary of President Muhammadu Buhari’s five years in office.
According to them, the current administration is a total failure.
In separate tweets, Omokri and Fani-Kayode could see nothing more than sorrow, bloodshed, poverty, despair and diseases as products of President Buhari’s 5-year stay at the Presidential Villa.
Omokri pointed out that before Buhari claimed power in 2015, Nigeria was projected by CNN as the third fastest growing economy in the world but six months after he was sworn in, the country officially went into a recession.
The former Jonathan’s aide on New Media, tweeted, “5 years of General @MBuhari is summarized as sorrow, tears and blood: Sorrow, because Nigeria is now the world headquarters for extreme poverty.
“Tears, because our currency is almost worthless [and] Blood, because life is very cheap in Buhari’s Nigeria. 5 years of Buhari equals failure.
“Before General @MBuhari was elected in 2015, Nigeria was projected as the third fastest growing economy in the world. Six months after Buhari was sworn in. Nigeria officially went into a recession. The first in 25 years. Buhari is destroying Nigeria!”
Fani-Kayode also tweeted, “Hundreds of thousands of people are being butchered by terrorists all over the country as Buhari marks his 5 years in office whilst poverty, disease, despair, hunger, fear and COVID-19 ravages the land.
“What type of a man says and does nothing whilst his people are being slaughtered?”
The Presidency on Thursday released what it described as a fact sheet of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in the last five years.
Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said Nigeria had recorded significant improvement in the area of security under the current administration.
Adesina insisted that Buhari’s administration was close to eliminating completely terrorism and criminality from Nigeria.
He stressed that from May 29, 2015, till date, the Buhari administration has made much impact in every sector, thereby touching the lives of Nigerians.