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Sunday, 22 November 2020

Importation of Fuel From Niger Republic Amounts to Economic Sabotage - HURIWA

Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has condemned the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign a memorandum of understanding with the neighbouring Country of Niger Republic so Nigeria can commence importation of petrol just as the Rights group said the failure of the administration to fix Nigeria's three or four  refineries in preference for patronizing Niger Republic is an act of systematic economic sabotage against the Federal Republic of Nigeria.  
In a statement by the National Coordinator of HURIWA Emmanuel Onwubiko, the group said; "If Nigeria has an independent National Assembly headed by independent minded patriotic statesmen and not these executive attack dogs, the central legislature would have probed the unbridled enthusiasm of President Muhammadu Buhari to corner the resources of Nigeria to build Railways in that Country and now the signing of the Memorandum of understanding to begin the importation of fuel from Niger whilst our publicly owned refineries are left to rot despite huge investments under the guise of doing turn around maintenance.  

''An effective and proactive national Assembly would have investigated to know why the Executive arm of government in the last five years has not been able to bring into productivity at least one of the three or four state owned refineries.  But no, this national assembly of O-YES MEN will not want to provoke their pay master. This is the reason the Country has now gone into two  successive economic recession under the same administration and this is why the level of poverty, corruption and violent crimes are on the increase even as the institutions to tackle these problems are systematically weakened through lack of transparency and accountability". 

Besides, the Rights group said the revelation recently that despite processing no crude oil in June this year, Nigeria’s three or four refineries still cost the country N10.23 billion in expenses, according to a report published by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has shown the massive economic crime of gargantuan dimension. 

HURIWA also carpeted the current Government for driving the nation into the cesspool of economic downturn due to poor economic plans and implementation that has now resulted in the Country slipping into recession for the second time in the last five years of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. 

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