A civil rights advocacy group- Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has told President Muhammadu Buhari and the Kaduna State governor, Nassir El-Rufai not to allow bandits kill the remaining abducted students of Greenfield University.
The right group said the blood of the students would be on the hands of Buhari and El-Rufai should the bandits make good their threat to kill the students.
HURIWA, quoting media report, said the terrorists and armed bandits had threatened to kill the remaining 17 students abducted from Greenfield University, Kaduna, more than two weeks ago.
The rights group, in a statement issued in Abuja and obtained by PlatinumPost on Monday, expressed concerns that the political elites have abandoned the students and simply assumed that their lives are not worth rescuing which is a crime against humanity.
HURIWA recalled that the 22 students and a member of staff were abducted from the school campus along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on April 20 and within a week, five of them were killed.
It regretted that President Buhari has done nothing constructive to rescue the students but kept mute whilst the nation burns except the incongruent and incoherent press statements being issued by the senior soecial assistant on media Garba Shehu.
The rights group said from every indication the Buhari’s administration is not just on autopilot but seems to have existentially collapsed, just as the group said “persons still supporting the continuous hold on political power by an incompetent President are only after pecuniary gains they will take to their offshore accounts.”
HURIWA cited an interview with the Hausa Service of Voice of America (VOA), where a leader of the bandits who identified himself as Sani Jalingo, said if the Kaduna State Government or their families fail to pay a ransom of N100 million as well as provide them with 10 brand Honda motorcycles by Tuesday, the remaining students will be killed.
HURIWA called on the President, Governor El-Rufai and other Nigerians not to treat the threat by the bandits with kid gloves, saying it is a a very disturbing phenomenon which must not be allowed to be actualized.
“If we may ask, if one of those students kidnapped by these terrorists is a son or daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, will the President continue to remain in perpetual slumber and allow Nigeria to slide into near irreversible anarchy, doom and lawlessness?
“If these citizens abducted for over three weeks are children of the top leaders of the All Progressive Congress or the governors, will they be this abandoned to their cruel fate?” HURIWA queried.
The group affirmed too that: “Was it not this same President Muhammadu Buhari who activated mechanisms to rescue the wife of the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Mrs Emefiele within 48 hours when similar armed hijackers and kidnappers took her into captivity?
” Why is the President allowing the unnecessary shedding of blood of the innocent when protecting lives and property of the Nigerian citizens is his most important constitutional role of which if he is incapable of doing then the next best thing to do is to resign from Office or be impeached?
“Let President Muhammadu Buhari and the Kaduna State governor realize that the blood of these citizens being shed unnecessarily and illegally by armed non- state actors is on their heads when the same government does nothing to arrest and prosecute them(terrorists) for their crimes against humanity.
“These students of Greenfield University must never be sacrificed on the altar of political mediocrity and impunity by President Muhammadu Buhari and his man -Friday the governor of Kaduna state Nasir El-Rufai. A word is enough for the wise”.