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Buhari’s govt totally destroyed Nigeria, says Human rights group



The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has strongly criticized a recent defense of the Muhammadu Buhari administration by Garba Shehu, a former presidential spokesperson.

According to HURIWA, Shehu’s attempt to portray Buhari’s tenure as successful in combating corruption and economic challenges is baseless. They believe that the previous administration, under Buhari’s leadership, caused significant harm to Nigeria and committed grave violations of human rights.

In a press release signed by its national coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA asserted that the former president’s actions had caused severe damage to the country from various perspectives. They called on Shehu and others representing Buhari to acknowledge their roles in Nigeria’s economic, security, and social deterioration and expressed their disappointment.

Furthermore, the organization highlighted the concerning increase in crude oil theft during Buhari’s tenure, which resulted in Nigeria failing to meet its production quota within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). This shortfall had a detrimental impact on the country’s revenue.

HURIWA expressed astonishment that during Buhari’s tenure, no public entity, including the president, as the substantive minister of Petroleum Resources, the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, or the National Assembly, with oversight powers over public expenditure, could accurately state the quantity of fuel consumed daily in Nigeria.

“This lack of clarity led to substantial discrepancies in subsidy payments, indicating massive corruption condoned by Buhari’s government over eight years, despite recurring demands for accountability,” the group
Furthermore, HURIWA criticised the Buhari government’s response to humanitarian crises, particularly in conflict-affected regions.

It cited corruption allegations in various poverty alleviation programs, including the N-Power scandal, Conditional Cash Transfer, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, and the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

HURIWA also mentioned the alleged misappropriation of funds for feeding school children during the COVID-19 lockdown, further eroding public trust in these programs.

The organisation contended that, despite campaigning on an anti-corruption platform, the Buhari administration failed to address these issues, with corruption allegations plaguing various sectors and undermining the government’s credibility.