HURIWA writes new COAS, Yahaya, over alleged abuse of human rights by Army officers
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA has written to the new Chief of Army Staff, General Farouk Yahaya, asking him to respect the rights of civilians in the fights against insecurity in the country.
The Rights Writers urged the COAS to prioritize respect for human rights in internal military operations.
HURIWA while urging the COAS to ensure that his men adhere to the human rights law in the discharge of their duties, expressed optimism that General Farouk Yahaya would prioritize "respect for civilians as the cornerstone of his policies and operations".
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This was contained in a letter of solidarity to the new Chief of Army Staff Major General Farouk Yahaya, issued on Monday by the group's National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko.
“The reason for writing you this letter is to encourage your good offices not to relent in mainstreaming the respect of the fundamental human rights of Nigerian People in all internal military operations.”
“We will conclude by thematically providing specific details on the strategic benefits of respecting Human Rights by your operatives and officers. But first, we are writing to inform you that millions of Nigerian People are beginning to perceive that the Army authority has abandoned the department for Civil and Military relations soon after Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai left as the Chief of Army Staff.”
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“We recall vividly that your good self once worked as the Army Secretary under the auspices of the then Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Buratai, under whose administration the department for Civil and Military relations came alive and did wonderful things to bridge the gaps between Soldiers and civilians.
"We, therefore, write this letter in good faith with the underlying expectation that your leadership will not totally abandon the department for Civil and Military Relations but will endeavour to expand the frontiers of the duties of the Human Rights desks within the Army".
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