Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
A civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has called for a forensic investigation to ascertain if President Muhammadu Buhari is a actually Nigerian or a Nigerien.
This, according to the group, will put paid to why Buhari would use Nigeria’s cash, including loans, to build infrastructure and buy expensive, exotic jeeps for Niger Republic politicians.
HURIWA, in a statement on Thursday, alleged that outgoing President Buhari has used his position and influencer to amass fortunes for Niger Republic where he had confirmed he has cousins.
HURIWA, in the statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, also said that the anti-graft and security agencies should prove themselves right for once by forbidding Buhari from fleeing for cover in Niger Republic after May 29 handover but probe him over the award of contracts worth billions that benefited Niger Republic.
Stonix News reports that HURIWA has consistently accused President Buhari of being committed to pleasing his cousins in Niger Republic than doing his job he profusely begged for as a Nigerian President.
According to the group, this necessitated his award of a $1.96 billion, 284-kilometer Kano-Katsina-Maradi railway project to Niger Republic and also the purchase of premium high-class vehicles worth billions for the President of Niger Republic and his cabinet members.
“With barely a week to the end of his inglorious eight-year regime,” HURIWA said, “Buhari said he has a safe haven in Niger Republic, Chad and other neighbouring countries and would not hesitate to run there for refuge if disturbed by Nigeria after handing over on May 29,” it noted.
Buhari, according to the rights group, also said that one of the first things he did on assumption of office as President in May 2015 was to visit Niger Republic, Chad and Cameroon to cement relationship with those countries.
“I have good relationship with my neighbours. Niger people will defend me,” the outgoing President was quoted to have said, adding:
“That is why when I became the head of state, that is President, my first visit was to Niger, Chad and Cameroon because based on neighbourhood, on personal and national reason, if you don’t secure the confidence of your neighbours, you are in trouble. If you are not in trouble, your children and grandchildren will be in trouble. So, it is very good I established relationship with my neighbours.
“There is a need for a forensic investigation to ascertain if President Muhammadu Buhari is a Nigerian or a Nigerien. Because apparently, he used Nigeria’s cash, including loans to set up infrastructure and buy expensive exotic jeeps for Niger Republic politicians to provide a safe haven for him after power, should he be probed.
“Buhari should be prevented from running away to Niger Republic until he accounts to the last penny his administration looted through all sorts of dubious projects,” the rights group alleged.