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Friday, 27 July 2012


A democracy inclined civil society group – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has condemned the orchestrated attack by some politicians belonging to the South West Zone of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) targeted at the person of the minority leader of the Federal House of Representatives Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila.

Femi Gbajabiamila of the Action Congress of Nigeria who represents Surulere Federal Constituency of Lagos State at the Federal House of Representatives has come under persistent sponsored attacks by a section of the Peoples’ Democratic Party leadership following his motion recently in the lower legislative Chamber which warned President Good luck Jonathan of possible impeachment by September 2012 should the 2012 budget fail to be implemented to appreciable percentage.

But the South West Zonal leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reportedly demanded the resignation of Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila following alleged professional indictment slammed on him but later lifted while he was practicing law in the United States of America following alleged professional misconduct.

In a statement by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National media Affairs Director, Miss. Zainab Yusuf, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) said the timing of the publication of the so-called professional indictment of Honourable Gbajabiamila of the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria by some sympathizers of the Presidency amounted to ‘political blackmail’ and an attempt to intimidate members of the political opposition platforms from exercising their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression, and speech.

Besides, HURIWA urged the leadership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) especially in the South West to desist from overheating the polity with largely unsubstantiated and half-baked allegations against political office holders belonging largely to the Action Congress of Nigeria because according to the Human Rights group, these unverified and wild allegations may not stand the test of time in the competent courts of law.      

The Rights group which however lauded President Jonathan for his statesmanlike and nationalistic response to the impeachment threats emanating from the Federal House of Representatives stated that freedom of speech and expression is one of the greatest elements of democracy without which dictatorship and authoritarian tyranny may set in. “We commend the maturity exhibited by President Jonathan in the wake of the impeachment threats against his Presidency and we are indeed proud that he showed remarkable democratic credentials when he restated his government’s determination to implement the 2012 budget to an appreciable percentage by September”, HURIWA asserted.

Citing section 39(1) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Rights body stated that Honourable Gbajabiamila as a citizen of Nigeria is entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinion and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference.

HURIWA also advised those circulating damaging publication against rival political office holders to desist from this unwholesome practice because it would create the impression in the international community that Nigeria is a jungle where impunity and character assassination reign supreme.   


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