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Water Resources Bill will cause another civil war in Nigeria says HURIWA warns Buhari govt

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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Monday cautioned against the Water Resources Bill.
HURIWA, a frontline pro-democracy group warned that the bill will cause another civil war in Nigeria.
The right group issued the warning while condemning the current National Assembly for their penchant in introducing “obnoxious, draconian and imperialistic anti-people’s legislation, with emphasis on the reintroduction of the Bill On Natural Resources aimed at stripping Southern Littoral states of their control of Water Resources.”
A statement signed by HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and Miss. Zainab Yusuf, Director; National Media Affairs reads partly: “Evidently, the legislative and regulatory agenda of the present NASS as illustrated in several of their proposed legislations appear to be aimed at attacking freedom of speech, civil space and to abrogate property and economic rights.
“Just like the Companies and Allied Maters Act, 2020 (CAMA 2020), an otherwise necessary and important legislation that has become divisive, the National Water Resources bill has also strayed into our delicate fault-lines and lost in the brackish waters of Nigeria’s recurrent political criticisms.
“The president should be worried that almost all his important policies have continued to energize certain concealed instincts in our society. And that Nigerian People now appear incapable of having any decent conversation without resorting to ethnicity and religion.
“All factors considered, therefore, this National Water Resources bill is obnoxious, draconic and imperialistic. Conceived in a time of mutual suspicions, promoted by divisive interests and opposed by the current politics of ethno-religious distrust in the country and should be jettisoned.
“This bill on water resources if not discontinued could result in civil war if not now, then sooner rather than later because it is not possible to take over the natural water resources of the indigenous people in the South and hand them over to strangers under the guise of the central government controlling these water resources.”

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