Civil Rights Group Knocks Buhari Over Extension of Lockdown
President Muhammadu Buhari has come under fire, at the hands of the Civil Rights Advocacy group-: Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), for indefinitely extending the current lockdown in the country.
It can be recalled that President Buhari, had on Saturday said that the country would continue being lockdown as part of measures to bring to a halt the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, while assuring Nigerians that relief materials would be disbursed to their homes.
The group accused Buhari and his government, especially the head of the Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha for imitating measures taken by more civilised nations in tackling this pandemic, whilst not being as transparent and accountable in supplying provisions of reliefs and palliatives for Nigerian citizens, as those countries have done.
HURIWA National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko said president Buhari still rules like a military dictator with no idea of how a democracy or a modern day government is run, as he prefers to hide away, only showing up during special events like a masquerade.
“There is no justification or any scientific evidence to provide a balanced and rationally objective reasons for the indefinite lockdown by President Muhammadu Buhari copying dubiously and dishonestly the policies put in place by such advanced societies like the United States of America or the United Kingdom when it is so clear that the Federal Government of Nigeria, for now, has failed to disclose scientifically to Nigerians the immediate, short and long term strategies and actionable templates that the government is implementing to effectively and efficiently contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria,” he said.
“It Is highly UNSCIENTIFIC for President Muhammadu Buhari to shut down the Country on the nebulous ground that our economic and social life can only be restarted at the whims and caprices of some persons he whimsically identified as his scientists who are about the only Nigerians living ostentatiously off the financial resources of the nation whilst millions of disadvantaged people are wallowing in dreadful and an unmitigated economic disaster due to the uncertainties of the ongoing lockdown in Nigeria.”
“HURIWA is worried that the grave human rights implications of locking down hungry, jobless, and desperate populations of mostly youngsters who are basically outside the age bracket of those categories that the World Health organisation regards as at-risk, is tantamount to the invitation of imminent civil unrest because it is inevitable that rather than millions of citizens stay at their homes without electricity and without foods and die they will rather pour out on the streets to cause social chaos and anarchy.”
“This government and the officials responsible for the re-distribution of the GOVERNMENT’s incentives and palliatives have failed to render proper accounts just as out of the over 90 million poor Nigerians not more than 100 families have actually benefited from the assistance and food reliefs ordered to be re-distributed by President Muhammadu Buhari.”