398 views | Emmanuel Anthony | March 12, 2020
According to the organization, the government under Buhari’s watch was willfully demolishing the national economy of the country.
HURIWA, therefore, advocated emergency actions by citizens to compel the Nigerian government to halt the systematic destruction of the Country.
The rights group also decried the existence of the National Assembly’s leadership that is allegedly pliant, inept, cash-driven, unpatriotic and hedonistic, asking Nigerians to play their civic oversight role of demanding accountability and transparency in governance or use civil resistance strategy to protest the rot.
“But the drive to rebuild the devastated economy must start immediately by the collective decision of the citizenry to halt the deterioration.
“Speak out and demand that President Muhammadu Buhari and his Cabinet stop depleting the resources of Nigeria and to open up the books for forensic auditing because as it is the Nigerian economy has collapsed.
“The speedy collapse of the economy will adversely affect the social peace of Nigeria because of the fact that the wider implication of the massive scale of poverty that has already been unleashed on the nation could instigate social discontent.
“This is the right time for all patriots to rally round and rescue Nigeria from the MISMANAGERS at the central governmental positions.”
HURIWA said President Buhari-led Federal government had also serially violated the constitution and had looked the other way whilst some governors like the Kano state Chief Executive Abdullahi Ganduje defecates on the Nigerian constitution by expelling a citizen of Nigeria in the person of the deposed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
HURIWA said Sanusi’s action smacks of primitivism and a throwback to the dark days of military dictatorship and regime of impunity.
“There is currently a double-barreled attack on the constitution of Nigeria and the deliberate demolition of the domestic economy of Nigeria resulting in the large-scale impoverishment of millions of Nigerians in addition to the systematic enslavement of Nigerians to the apron strings of shylock creditors with the recent debt overhang of $27billion to be borrowed by this regime,” the group added.
“The persistent demolition of the excess crude account to a now pathetic $71 million outstanding deposits is monumental economic sabotage and brigandage by officials of the Federal government which will in a very huge way, affect the future of Nigerians.
“How on earth can we ever explain the level of mismanagement and financial rascality in the federal government that saw the depletion of the excess crude account which was established as a buffer but was vandalized and reduced from $324.96 million in January 2020 to a paltry $71 million only in March?
“How come the accountant general is reportedly unwilling to render a transparent account of this scandalous mismanagement which includes the payment of $4 million fees to an unknown lawyer? Nigeria has been made broke by the incompetent and reckless politicians that are put in place to administer our commonwealth.
“£Nigeria now parades the most incompetent economic managers whose stock in trade is going a borrowings from all nooks and crannies at unacceptable repayment conditionalities including the decision to borrow $27.9billion for the building of infrastructures to the exclusion of the South East of Nigeria.
“A respected media institution has only just told us historically that the Excess Crude Account was established by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration with a visionary aim: when prices of crude oil are above the national budget benchmark, the marginal revenue would be placed in the ECA.
“It would then come in handy to be drawn down to support the finances of the federal, state and local governments when oil prices fall below the benchmark for three consecutive months. Sixteen years after its establishment, the ECA has never achieved its noble objective of providing a cushion for the three tiers of government. It is no longer relevant.
“HURIWA entirely endorses the position of this notable media institution that further affirmed that While the Obasanjo administration that conceived it built it to $22 billion on leaving office in mid-2007, its successors immediately began raiding the fund even as oil prices moved up.
“As Chukwuma Soludo, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria when the account was created, explained, that the government started saving when crude prices hovered at $30 per barrel.
“This government has also violated the Nigerian constitution with reckless abandon including the disobedience to lawful orders of courts of competent jurisdiction; the invasion by security forces of homes of judges; the unconstitutional removal of the substantive chief justice of Nigeria only because he is a Christian and now the Kano state governor ordered the illegal banishment of citizen Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to Nasarawa State whom he illegally dethroned whilst there are pending cases and now illegally detained in breach of all known human rights laws including chapter 4 of the 1999 constitution,” it said.