The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi.
This comes after Gumi threatened that declaring bandits as terrorists would lead to the end of Nigeria.
HURIWA, in a statement on Monday, alleged that the Islamic Cleric had on Sunday warned that declaring bandits as terrorists will mark the end of Nigeria as a sovereign and united entity.
HURIWA said Gumi had in a post on his official Facebook page, warned that the moment bandits are designated as “terrorists, the direct foreign Jihadist movements will set in force. Many teaming unemployed youths may find it palatable and attractive”.
Reacting, the rights writers queried the Federal government’s motive for not declaring bandits terrorists.
“why the officials are pampering Gumi whose actions and statements are directly backing mass killers and terrorists but the central government is too quick to kidnap Nnamdi Kanu of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra from Kenya for trial for treasonable felony and is chasing Sunday Igboho of the Yoruba Nation separatist agitation”.
HURIWA also tackled the FG for blaming the IPOB for several attacks on government formations in the Southeast but failed to do the same when there are attacks in other parts of the country.
“A situation whereby the federal government through the heads of security institutions headed mostly by Northern Moslems had always blamed the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) for attacks on National institutions and officers in the South East but fails to apportion any blames for such kinds of attacks elsewhere like the Oyo and Lokoja prisons’ breaks shows an entrenched double standard and a certain kind of crude hatred of Igbo ethnicity by key officials of government”.
HURIWA recalled that last week, the Oyo prison with over 1,000 inmates experienced a massive prison break with all the prisoners escaping even as experts alleged that armed Fulani attackers were responsible.
HURIW claimed the Fulani attackers’ target was the detained Oyo based blind Fulani warlord, Wakili, who was accused of killing Yoruba farmers for which Sunday Igboho mobilised his supporters and chased away the armed Fulani militia leading to the arrest and detention of Fulani gangs in prison
The rights group added that the federal government “failed to blame any particular group for the Oyo prison break even when the Fulani terrorists have been blamed by most experts”.
HURIWA said “these signals of double standards by the current government in favour of Fulani terrorists is provocative, vexatious, treasonous, unconstitutional and illegal.”