BREAKING NEWS: HURIWA Slams President Tinubu’s Volteface On Dialogue With IPOB

ABUJA – The Human Rights Writers Asso­ciation of Nigeria (HURIWA) has strongly condemned President Bola Tinubu’s volte-face on dia­logue with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other mar­ginalized groups in the country, saying such inconsistencies raise serious questions about the cred­ibility and sincerity of leaders.

The group recalled that Pres­ident Tinubu had on November 17, 2022, at a Town hall meeting in Owerri, the Imo State capital, pledged to dialogue with IPOB to address their legitimate concerns in the interest of the unity of the country.

At that gathering in Owerri HURIWA noted that Tinubu had “Emphasized the non-negotiable unity of Nigeria while acknowl­edging the existence of “painful grievances” that required resolu­tion through peaceful means.

However, in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Com­rade Emmanuel Onwubiko, the group said it cannot reconcile the view of the Nigerian leader in Owerri and the one he expressed recently in Kaduna stating the disposition of President Tinubu is patently moderated by political opportunism.

“President Tinubu’s recent re­marks at the passing-out parade of Nigerian Defence Academy Cadets in Kaduna revealed a stark departure from his previ­ous stance. He declared his ad­ministration’s commitment to tackling secessionist elements and counter-insurgency efforts without mentioning dialogue or peaceful resolution. This incon­sistency raises serious questions about his credibility and integrity as a leader.

“What made matters more concerning was that this U-turn came at a time when the Federal Government was in clear breach of a binding Court of Appeal judgment. On October 13, 2022, the Court of Appeal in Abuja up­held the appeal of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of IPOB, stat­ing that the Federal Government had violated both local and inter­national laws by forcefully rend­ing Kanu to Nigeria. The court voided and set aside the terrorism charges against him, rendering them incompetent and unlawful.