HURIWA Slams Garba Shehu over Defense of Buhari

HURIWA Slams Garba Shehu over Defense of Buhari

…Says Buhari’s Government Totally Destroyed Nigeria

… said Buhari should be in jail were Nigeria a civilised entity

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has issued a scathing response to Garba Shehu’s recent defense of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. In a strongly worded critique, the prominent human rights organization challenged the attempt to present Buhari’s tenure as a successful battle against corruption and economic collapse.

HURIWA argued that the reality of Buhari’s rule is far removed from the positive image painted by Shehu.

The right group said the immediate past administration so destroyed Nigeria from every angle and committed horrendous crimes against humanity that rather than speak and insult the sensibility of Nigerians, Garba Shehu and his ilk speaking for President Muhammadu Buhari should cover his face in shame for playing a role in the epic economic, security and social demolition of Nigeria by the disgraceful Muhammadu Buhari’s misadventures in Politics.

Highlighting its concerns, HURIWA, through a Press Statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, on Tuesday, cited numerous instances of corruption and mismanagement that unfolded during President Buhari’s time in office. Foremost among these issues is the controversial fuel subsidy regime, which, according to HURIWA, continuously drained the national treasury due to discrepancies in reported fuel consumption figures. The organization also pointed to the alarming scale of crude oil theft, which prevented Nigeria from meeting its OPEC production quotas, severely impacting the nation’s revenue.

The organization underscored that, despite campaigning on an anti-corruption platform, the Buhari administration failed to effectively address these issues, with corruption allegations plaguing various sectors and undermining the government’s credibility.

HURIWA faulted the Buhari government for interfering in corruption cases, citing instances where the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, allegedly obstructed the work of anti-graft agencies, leading to the suspension of crucial investigations. The organization claimed that such interference constituted a significant obstacle to genuine anti-corruption efforts.

“A penal regime that allows a former Comptroller of Nigeria Customs Service, who stole N40 billion, to return just N1.5 billion in a plea bargain makes a mockery of President Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign. Again, fiscal governance that allows an Accountant-General of the Federation to allegedly siphon N109 billion is clearly ineffective”.

Continuing, the organization expressed concern that the Buhari administration’s achievements in recovering looted funds and securing convictions did not outlast the government, just as it cited instances where convicted individuals received pardons or were released prematurely, raising questions about the commitment to justice.

HURIWA recalled that a former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, had only Yesterday hinted that former President Muhammadu Buhari, destroyed the Nigerian economy in the eight years that he administered the country, insisting that the ex-Nigerian leader failed to listen to expert advice.

Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), spoke during a virtual religious event on Sunday. Sanusi said the Buhari administration ignored his advice on how to take Nigeria out of its economic woes just as he said thus: “(In the last eight years), the Central Bank continues to print more money, and the naira continue to depreciate. There is too much naira in circulation because the CBN is printing the currency without restraint.

The economy was poorly managed, and they were not willing to take advice; in the last eight years, apart from sycophancy, nothing has been done; those sycophants are those buying the dollar at the rate of N400 and selling it at the rate of N600 to N700. A boy who has no record of service has a private jet and owns houses in Dubai and England just because he is buying dollar at so a rate and selling them.”

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