…Over 50% Nigerians suffer human right abuses— HURIWA
Chris Steven, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) have been urged to expand the ongoing anti graft war of his administration by looking into the indiscriminate use of oil blocks to settle political loyalists by the previous governments.
The President was therefore urged to renegotiate the distribution of the oil blocks and ensure that all the beneficiaries return all illegally acquired wells or make some remittance to the federal government treasury.
This was the position of the Head of Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN), Professor Obasi Igwe while speaking .at the Annual National Human Rights Lecture, organized by the Human Right Writers Association of Nigeria, Hardware.
Professor Igwe regretted that while so many states have declared bankruptcy and could no longer pay workers, some individuals have continued to accrue illegal wealth through the oil blocks that are originally supposed to be common wealth.
The University don, who spoke on the topic: Freedom of Speech Versus Anti Graft Crusade: Any Nexus?, called on Nigerians to support the anti graft crusade of the government, stressing that it is only when corruption is destroyed in Nigeria that Nigerians would embrace complete human right.
He argued that Nigeria is currently witnessing a revolutionary situation, following the breakdown of all the segments of the country.
“Those that evolved the anti graft crusade or war on corruption are fully aware and have seen that they created a revolutionary situation, and to relent or go back would be a disaster.
Before the crusade, we already had a security emergency, an economic, financial emergency, and now a steadily emerging legislative, judicial and educational emergency. Except those that seized the national wealth, it is nowadays very rare to see any Nigerian family or individual happy, smiling or confident of tomorrow.
“It is not a question of ending the further allocation of oil blocks to individuals citizen of all sorts of crooks have for years been allowed to access. It is that all those priory allocated must be revoked and those that have been enjoying that patently unlawful, unmerited unfair and unequal favour for decades must be made to return the outstanding proceeds to the Nigerian state and people.
“We cannot be looking for money to pay salaries, lend to middle level businessmen, reconstruct schools and health centers, rebuild collapsed and decaying infrastructure, and there are all sorts of Nigerian individually richer than many Africa states but unwilling to demonstrate any form of patriotism by helping to rescue their country in the hour of need”, he regretted.
Earlier in his remarks, Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko emphasized the need for the Nigerian government to entrench the value of human in its fight against corruption, regretting that over fifty percent of the Nigerian population suffer human right abuses from all sections of the country.
Onwubiko, who called for the establishment og human right desks in all government agencies expressed the satisfaction of HURIWA in the efforts of the Nigerian army to promote the values of human right through the creation of human right desk in the Nigerian Army, which he noted has brought a good relationship between the Force and the civil society.