A call has been made by the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, for the arrest and prosecution of controversial Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, for allegedly aiding and abetting terrorism in Nigeria.
The rights group made the remark while warning the federal government against open, biased and selective justice manifested in the persistent refusal and failure of Buhari and his federal government to arrest and prosecute Gumi for aiding and abetting terrorism in Nigeria.
HURIWA said Buhari has not done much to ensure that the terror gangsters that kidnapped school children in Zamfara, Katsina and Niger States are arrested.
It said the measures against terrorists in the North West as announced by the National Security Adviser Major General Monguno (rtd) on behalf of Buhari is “cosmetic and deceptive and would do no harm to the armed terrorists who are tolerated by the federal government to roam about in the forests armed to their teeth.”
The group’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA in a statement called for the declaration of the armed abductors of school children in Katsina, Zamfara and Niger States as terror groups.
The advocacy group also called for the arrest and prosecution of serial kidnappings of school children and “punish them if we ever hope to have closure to the incessant invasions of schools by terrorists.”
According to HURIWA: “Here is why Gumi must be arrested and prosecuted: According to terrorism (prevention) ACT, 2011 Section 4(1) A person who knowingly, in any manner, solicits or renders support for. – (a) an act of terrorism; or a proscribed organisation or an internationally suspected terrorist group. An offence under this Act and shall on conviction be liable to imprisonment for a maximum term of 20 years. Without prejudice to subsection (2) of this section, where death results from any terrorist act, the penalty shall be the death sentence: For the purposes of subsection (I) of this section, “support” includes. (a) Incitement to commit a terrorist act; (b) Offer of material assistance, weapons, including biological, chemical or nuclear weapons, explosives, training. Transportation, false documentation or identification; (c) Offer or provision of moral assistance, including invitation to adhere to a proscribed organization; and (d) The provision of, or making available, such financial or other related services as may be prescribed in this act.”
HURIWA also lamented that the Senator Ahmed Lawan-led National Assembly has gone into complete comatose hence it has refused to investigate the persistent confessions by the armed terrorists in the North West that their members were supplied with weapons by government just as the newspapers reported that one of the leaders of the armed terrorists personally accused President Muhammadu Buhari of abandoning them soon after he won election and asked him to personally meet with them for a truce talk.
The Rights group said the current leadership of the National Assembly will regret their acts of cowardice and compromise soon because the citizens will sooner than later demand the dissolution of the two chambers national Assembly which is expensive but largely made up of ‘house boys’ of the president.
HURIWA said: ” There have been many earthshaking revelations made by the leaders of the different armed Fulani invading terror networks in the North West which in summary accuses the Federal government of arming the terrorists before the 2019 polls and then abandoning them soon after the election was over.
“Why is the National Assembly playing deaf and dumb to these stunning revelations? The failure of the National Assembly headed by surrogates and bootlickers of President Muhammadu Buhari to probe these accusations made by terrorists against the President Muhammadu Buhari, is against the spirit and letter of Section 4 of the Constitutional provisions contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999(as amended) as stated in the following subsections.”