Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called on the Department of State Services (DSS) to stop the incessant harassment of Christian clerics.
HURIWA made the call while reacting to the reported invitations for questioning of the Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Reverend Father Camilus Ejike Mbaka and the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese Rt.Reverend Dr. Mathew Hassan Kukah.
PlatinumPost reports that while Bishop Kukah is reportedly being invited over his Christmas Day sermon in which he carpeted the Federal government for going it soft with kidnappers, terrorists and armed Fulani militia in the North of Nigeria, Mbaka on his own part is quoted to have disclosed that his prayers for the detained leader of the now proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu was responsible for the anonymous invitation he received from the DSS.
But a statement on Sunday by the National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National director of media, Zainab Yusuf, said it was unpatriotic, unconstitutional and illegal for the publicly funded security agency such as the DSS to be manipulated by the powers-that-be in Abuja and deployed as the attack dogs against only Christian leaders especially those who raise their voices against the heightened state of insecurity in Nigeria.
The rights group accused the DSS of also turning a blind eye
when provocative, hate-filled speeches are made by notable Moslem clerics against Christians.
HURIWA said it was unimaginable that in the twenty first century period, that Nigeria which professes to be governed in compliances with statutes, Laws and the Grundnorm which is the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended), that persons appointed to head specific security institutions have decided to deploy their agents against certain leaders of some sections of thecountry who are not from the same ethno-religious affiliations with either President Muhammadu Buhari, the mainstream Service Chiefs and the Director General of the Department of State Services.
“HURIWA is miffed that a prominent Nigerian bishop has reportedly been ordered in for questioning by a state security agency, after the prelate criticized Nigeria’s government for complicity in the face of kidnappings and other persecution of the country’s Christians.
“HURIWA is scandalised that the respected Cleric Bishop Matthew Kukah, who leads the Sokoto diocese in Nigeria’s northwestern zone, released a Christmas message in which he said the government, led by president Muhammadu Buhari, seems to have left the fate of Nigerians in the hands of “evil men”, and this innocuous but truthful statement from a Servant of God is being viewed as a threat against the interest of the cabal running government in Abuja.
“It is a sacred and undeniable truth encompassed in the well articulated Christmas Speech in which His Eminence Bishop Kukah decried the fact that over 100 girls abducted by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram have yet to be found, as well as “hundreds of other children whose captures were less dramatic.
“We condemn this aggression against the Church and against the Body of Christ by the current federal government headed by the Katsina born Moslem former Military General Muhammadu Buhari. This harassment must stop unless this government does not mean well for Nigeria.
“Why the morbid fear for the truth? Is it not true that hundreds of women of Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto States are being raped by terrorists and yet not one of these violent rapists are ever charged for these crimes against humanity? Is it not true that thousands of people are being kidnapped, killed, maimed, humiliated, raped, all around Nigeria and the government seemed overwhelmed to take steps to bring this situation of anarchy and doom to an end? Is it not true that armed Fulani terrorists are on rampage all over Nigeria and the government which loaded the headship of all key security institutions with Fulani Moslems have failed to arrest these mass killers waging campaigns of genocides and land grabbing war of attrition?” the statement queried.
HURIWA said Bishop Kukah was right to have said thus: “Now, we are fully in the grip of evil. Today, a feeling of vindication only saddens me as I have watched the north break into a cacophony of quarrelsome blame games over our tragic situation. A catalogue of unprecedented cruelty has been unleashed on innocent citizens across the Northern states. In their sleep, on their farmlands, in their markets, or even on the highway, innocent citizens have been mowed down and turned into burnt offerings to gods of evil.
“HURIWA said it is throwing its weight behind Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah and warned the head of the DSS not to send the wrong signal that he is in office to advance through illegality, the sectarian interests of Moslems or the few members of cabal who don’t even mind that hundreds of thousands of their fellow Moslems and their Christian compatriots are daily being killed , maimed, raped, humiliated and dehumanized by armed non state actors who are mostly of the Fulani ethnicity”.
HURIWA also carpeted the DSS for its continuous harassment of the Enugu State based Catholic Priest Reverend Father Camilus Ejike Mbaka who reportedly stated that he has just got an invitation after he publicly prayed for the detained leader of the now proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. HURIWA wondered why the DSS looked the other way when the Moslem CLERICS in Kaduna and Zaria made threatening statements targeting Christians.
HURIWA recalled that a leaked video of Sheik Gumi addressing a gathering recently circulated on social media.
According to HURIWA Gumi was heard in Hausa saying: “The military is made up of Muslim and non Muslim soldiers. And the Non Muslims are the ones who (commit)criminalities against the terrorists (referring to their communities being destroyed).”