Human Rights Writers Affiliation of Nigeria, HURIWA, has described the choice by President Muhammadu Buhari authorities to construct railways from Kano to Niger Republic with borrowed Chinese language cash as fraudulent and towards Nigeria’s safety pursuits.
HURIWA additionally threatened to sue President Muhammadu Buhari to be able to cease the multibillion Naira venture.
A Assertion by HURIWA, signed by its Nationwide Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and made obtainable to DAILY POST on Thursday strongly condemned the approval of about $1.96 billion contract of the proposed venture.
The human rights group described the deliberate venture as a misplaced precedence and a grave risk to nationwide safety, insisting that it’s fraudulent to borrow from China and construct for Niger Republic after which tax Nigerians to pay again.
The Federal Authorities had yesterday accepted a $1,959,744,723.71 contract for a rail line that might hyperlink Nigeria to Niger Republic.
The railways will join not less than seven cities in Nigeria and one metropolis in Niger Republic and is predicted to start out from Kano and go via Dambatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina, Jibia and terminate in Maradi, Niger Republic.
HURIWA mentioned that the venture is one other proof of misplacement of precedence by the Buhari regime.
Nonetheless, the rights group described the venture as a ticking time bomb and a grave risk to Nationwide safety, including that when accomplished, it’ll ease the inflow of unlawful aliens into Nigeria.
“We’re nervous that this venture when accomplished will likely be categorical entry for killer herdsmen and terrorists from Niger. We see it additionally as a plot to flood Nigeria with unlawful aliens for functions of undermining the 2023 polls,” the group mentioned.
“Subsequently, we condemn this enterprise as wasteful due to the hazard of getting used to import weapons that may set Nigeria ablaze. Whereas there are not any such rail strains linking Lagos to Enugu and Port Harcourt or Maiduguri to Enugu, President Buhari is investing nearly $2bn to construct railways for terrorists and bandits to flood into Nigeria and destabilize the nation. Is that this authorities only for the North?
“In any occasion, the underside line is that safety in all places in Nigeria, significantly throughout the north, seems to be quickly deteriorating, ensuing to well-liked discontent. Therefore, this rail venture is ill-timed and a wasteful effort.
“Past the safety side, Allow us to even have a look at it from the viewpoint of the economic system. What’s the financial advantage of this venture to Nigeria? The Nigerian economic system, as it’s immediately, isn’t in a state to comprise this type of wasteful spending.
“Usually, unlawful immigration in Nigeria is a significant issue and the border has grow to be fairly porous. Based on authorities, individuals from Niger are the most important group of unlawful immigrants, and the issues with unlawful inflow migrants are seen within the risks confronted by the host or receiving nation, that are social, financial, political and safety.
“A fast inflow of unlawful immigrants has led to disaster of identification and a rise within the crime charges in Nigeria. It’s alleged that among the many unlawful migrants, there are militants, who enter the nation to hold out terrorist actions.
“Terrorism has grow to be a worldwide development, and it’s thought that the present authorities of Muhammadu Buhari would search out sensible methods to strengthen our porous borders, as an alternative, it’s creating straightforward and accessible technique of unlawful arms trafficking and immigrants.”