A civil society organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has likened the ease at which kidnappers and other non-state actors operate in the country to a “compromised security and political system.”
HURIWA made this known on Wednesday while reacting to the invasion of Greenfield University, Kaduna by kidnappers.
The group also frowned at government’s failure to rescue 39 students abducted in the state a few weeks ago.
“The disconcerting news that gunmen Tuesday night attacked Greenfield University, a private institution in Kaduna, and abducted some students is a glaring evidence that the country definitely has been overrun by armed non- state actors who are emboldened by the compromised security and political establishments.
“The unfortunate addition is that Nigeria at this moment lacks functional independent legislative and judicial branches which inevitably create serious vacuum which these desperate armed non-state actors are cashing in on this systemic collapse of any form of governance to carry out their dare-devil activities including the massive kidnappings of students at the time and place of their choosing just as Kaduna state which suffers from governance deficit has become the headquarters of kidnappings and ethnically motivated killings,” a statement issued by HURIWA and obtained by PlatinumPost said.
The rights group condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the government of Kaduna state for their abysmal incapacity to protect lives and property of Nigerians.
HURIWA said if the government’s commitment is directed towards protecting lives and property which is the primary purpose of government, the rampant cases of invasions of schools and kidnappings of students that keep repeating themselves would have become a thing of the past.
The rights group called for the immediate declaration of emergency rule in Kaduna State, “so that measures by military authority can be effected to restore law and order in Kaduna state and rescue the 39 students kidnapped over a month ago because it seems like the political stakeholders in Kaduna are benefitting from the organised crimes going on there.”
HURIWA recalled that Greenfield University the only operational private university in the state, and located along the Kaduna- Abuja road, some kilometres away from Kaduna city has come under attack reminiscent of the invasion nearly a month ago at a neighbouring Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Kaduna.
The rights group blames collapse of intelligence gathering capacity of the security forces and especially the Nigerian Police Force and the Civil Defence Corp for the frequency of these armed banditry and kidnappings just as it expressed the belief that politicians have weakened the determination by soldiers to carry out necessary actions against armed criminals.
HURIWA wondered what kind of government will act the same way like that of Buhari, which gave two months notice to armed kidnappers to stop their attacks or be flushed out.
“A Government need not offer armed terrorists soft-landing or ultimatum. A decisive government acts by degrading and decimating armed terrorists.
“We in HURIWA are sad that armed marauders, terrorists, armed Fulani herdsmen and bandits are allowed unfettered operations all over the country and citizens are killed, maimed, kidnapped and these terrorists are never arrested and because the states lack functional legislative branches and also because the Abuja based National Assembly has become a cash and carry contraption, the so called legislators are prepared to legislate cows database into law than compel the executive arm of government to be alive to the primary responsibilities of government which is the protection of lives and property of the Nigerian people.
“We are saddened that some students were abducted but nobody is ready to immediately say how many students were kidnapped. The attack (Tuesday) in Greenfield University along Kaduna-Abuja road around 20:15 hours is disheartening and shocking. This abysmal failure of governance is unprecedented and it is unbelievable that we are now like hostages to all kinds of armed criminals some of whom are backed by some government officials.”