Concern at clampdown on protesters
From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has spoken out against the alleged violations of rights protesters since the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari assumed power.
The Department for State Security (DSS) has been said to be the main perpetrator.
“Nigerians of all walks of life have a collective national duty to ensure that the growing forms of oppression of independent voices and the clamping into detention of peaceful protesters in the guise of prosecuting them for treasonable felony by security forces are brought to rapid halt,” HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, said.
The officials said the only way to achieve that was for the citizenry to embrace such civil rights actions such as mounting democratic pressures through peaceful forms of protests and civil disobedience mechanisms to
force government to continue to act in conformity with the requirements and reverred principles of constitutional democracy.
These, they said, were clearly and unambiguously enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended).
The officials said millions of Nigerians were going through “unpardonable” harsh economic situations made worst by the failure of the current government to strategically map out measures and implement the economic blueprints that would promote greater economic empowerment and well as steering the economy by ensuring the implementation of policies that enable small and medium scale businesses to strive.
– CAJ News
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