The prominent Civil Rights Advocacy Group- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has told President Muhammadu Buhari and the Kaduna State governor Mr Nassir ELRUFFAI that the blood of the 19 Students abducted nearly three weeks ago will be on their heads should the kidnappers be wilfully allowed to make good their threat to kill off the captors.
HURIWA quoting media report said the terrorists and armed bandits threatened to kill the remaining 17 students abducted from Greenfield University, Kaduna State just as the Rights group expressed consternation that the political elites have abandoned these Students and simply assumed that their lives are not worth rescuing which is a crime against humanity on the part of the elected government officials who are bound by the law to prevent anarchy and lawless killings.
The Rights group recalled that twenty-two 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. HURIWA regretted that President Muhammadu Buhari has done nothing constructive to rescue these students but has kept mute whilst the nation burns except the incongruent and incoherent press statements being issued by the senior social assistant on media Garba Shehu. The Rights group said from every indication the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is not just on autopilot but seems to have existentially collapsed just as the group said the persons still supporting the continuous hold on political power by an incompetent President are only after what pecuniary gains they will take to their offshore accounts.
HURIWA cited an interview with the Hausa Service of Voice of America (VOA), a leader of the bandit group who identified himself as Sani Idris 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. The Rights group said Nigerians should take this warning as a very disturbing phenomenon which must not be allowed to be actualized.
The Rights group said the spokesman of the terrorists named Jalingo said there were 17 students in his custody, including 15 females and two male students among them a grandchild of the late 18th emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, whom he identified as Hamza. The bandit revealed that the families of the students have already raised and paid N55 million to them but said they had used the money in feeding the students. He vowed that it was his final warning and should government or the students’ families fail to meet his demands, all the students will be killed.
Reacting to this latest warning, the leading civil society organisation- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA(HURIWA) said President Muhammadu Buhari and the Kaduna State governor have failed to protect the lives of the students only because they are not their biological children.
“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?”
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 Nassir ELRUFFAI. A word is enough for the wise”.