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 in opposition to Nigeria’s safety pursuits.
HURIWA additionally threatened to sue President Muhammadu Buhari with a purpose to cease the multibillion Naira venture.
A Assertion by HURIWA, signed by its Nationwide Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and made out there 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 menace 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 authorized a $1,959,744,723.71 contract for a rail line that may hyperlink Nigeria to Niger Republic.
The railways will join no less than seven cities in Nigeria and one metropolis in Niger Republic and is predicted to begin from Kano and move by 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.
Nevertheless, the rights group described the venture as a ticking time bomb and a grave menace to Nationwide safety, including that when accomplished, it’ll ease the inflow of unlawful aliens into Nigeria.
“We’re anxious that this venture when accomplished might be specific 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.
“Due to this fact, we condemn this enterprise as wasteful due to the hazard of getting used to import weapons that can set Nigeria ablaze. Whereas there aren’t any such rail strains linking Lagos to Enugu and Port Harcourt or Maiduguri to Enugu, President Buhari is investing virtually $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, notably throughout the north, seems to be quickly deteriorating, ensuing to widespread discontent. Therefore, this rail venture is ill-timed and a wasteful effort.
“Past the safety facet, Allow us to even take a look at it from the perspective of the financial system. What’s the financial good thing about this venture to Nigeria? The Nigerian financial system, as it’s immediately, will not be in a state to include this sort of wasteful spending.
“Usually, unlawful immigration in Nigeria is a major problem and the border has develop into fairly porous. In keeping with authorities, folks from Niger are the largest 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 develop into a world pattern, and it’s thought that the present authorities of Muhammadu Buhari would hunt down sensible methods to strengthen our porous borders, as an alternative, it’s creating straightforward and accessible technique of unlawful arms trafficking and immigrants.”