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Rights Group Accuse Kaduna Governor El-rufai of Being A Major Threat To Peace And Democracy

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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURI­WA) has accused Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, as being a major threat to peace and the sustenance of democ­racy in Nigeria.

The pro-democracy non-governmental organisation called on the governor “to fundamentally amend his leadership style to avoid precipitating civil unrest in Kaduna State. HURIWA warned that that any social-cum-religious warfare that is ignited in Kaduna would spread like wild fire across Nigeria.

In a media statement by its Na­tional Coordinator, Com­rade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media af­fairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA expressed worry about the spate of anti-people and anti-religious policies being churned out by the administration of El-Rufai.

According to HURIWA, these which include the al­leged discriminatory de­molition of the ancestral settlements of the Gbagis/Gwaris and houses of the very poorest of the poor.

The body which lam­pooned El-Rufai over his anti-labour policy as against the Constitutional provi­sions that guarantees free­dom of Associations also particularly stated that the newly introduced policy of granting licences to reli­gious preachers is absolutely unconstitutional and illegal since the 1999 Constitution has clearly stated in Section 10 that government must not make or implement policies that are exclusively targeted at some religious organizations.

HURIWA called on the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress which sponsored El-Rufai to call him to order so as to maintain the current atmo­sphere of peace and tran­quility in Kaduna State.

 

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