Imo Visit: Don’t Kill Innocent Nigerians That May Protest Against Buhari — HURIWA Cautions Gov Uzodinma

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has urged the Governor of Imo State against bleeding innocent blood over President Muhammadu Buhari’s planned visit to the state on Thursday.

Buhari is scheduled to visit Imo State on Thursday, and the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, has stated that anybody who wish to show their displeasure with the President’s leadership style will be dealt with harshly.

Governor Uzodinma was also chastised by the human rights organization, which labeled him a tyrant for illegally shutting down banks in the state.

Uzodinma is claimed to have locked certain banks that were taking security precautions by closing their doors to avert attacks by criminals who might take advantage of the Indigenous People of Biafra’s sit-at-home edict (IPOB).

Regarding the President’s proposed trip, HURIWA has warned that Uzodinma will be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, if anything happens to innocent inhabitants of Imo state who may hold a public protest against Buhari’s visit.

Some portions of the Constitution, according to the rights group, grant citizens the freedom of expression and assembly.

The right-wing group denounced Uzodinma’s threats to use violence against people if they attempted to peacefully oppose the Buhari government’s actions and inactions.

The Imo State Government has urged IPOB members to remain away during President Buhari’s visit, according to the DAILY POST.

IPOB declared a sit-at-home order on Thursday in response to the president’s announcement regarding his visit to the South Eastern State, threatening that he would be wanted in any area of the region.

HURIWA slammed the governor for reportedly failing miserably to provide security for the state’s citizens by expecting banks to open their doors to unanticipated circumstances and be attacked by hoodlums.

The National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, signed a statement that was made available to DAILY POST on Wednesday.

The rights group said “the draconian measure adopted by Uzodinma to compel people to risk their lives and open for businesses in the absence of any formidable, credible, reliable, transparent and functional security measures including preemptive, proactive and effective mechanisms enforce by the security forces to protect the lives and property of the peoples, amounts to a violation of section 33 (1) of the 1999 Constitution.”

HURIWA pointed out that the basic functions of the government are providing leadership, maintaining order, providing public services, providing national security, providing economic security, and providing economic assistance.

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