T.Y. Danjuma has ‘selective amnesia’ – HURIWA on call for Dokubo, Tompolo, others arrests

By Post Nigeria January 30, 2015 16:10

T.Y. Danjuma has ‘selective amnesia’ – HURIWA on call for Dokubo, Tompolo, others arrests

A civil rights group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has rebuffed calls made by the former Minister of Defense, Gen. T.Y. Danjuma, for the arrest of former Niger Delta Militants Asari Dokubo, Government Ekpemupolo (alias Tompolo) among others for allegedly threatening violence if President Jonathan does not win the February 14 presidential elections.

The group said the call amounts to ‘selective amnesia’, as some other sections of the country threatened to make the country ungovernable and the former minister chose to remain mute on the issue.

HURIWA said this in a media statement jointly endorsed by its National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Director of Media, Miss Zainab Yusuf.

HURIWA said it does not support intemperate and offensive speeches by politicians especially in the present climate, but would not stand for impeding on the former militants’ constitutional rights to freedom of expression, free speech and freedom of assembly.

Despite cautioning politicians from every part of the country, the human rights body reminded those advocating the Niger Delta civil society leaders’ arrests, that many sectional political elites in Northern Nigeria have consistently made similar threatening speeches against the corporate entity of Nigeria but there was no call for their arrest from same quarters.

The group cited section 39 (1) of the constitution which provides that “Every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference.”

HURIWA however urged politicians and all stakeholders of diverse affiliations to moderate their speeches because of the sensitivity of the election season.

HURIWA called on leaders of ethnic groups across the country to play the role of a unifying force rather than continue to beat the drums of war.

“The constitution of Nigeria in section 41(1) provides that “Every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons, and in particular he may form or belong to any political party trade union or any other association for the protection of his interest,” they said.

The Rights group said that equating Kuku’s attendance to Jonathan sanctioning the alleged threats was laughable, as the President has reiterated severally, his promise to abide by the decision of the electorate at the Presidential election.