Buhari under ‘fire’ over border closure

The Human Rights Writers Affiliation of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Friday, accused President Muhammadu Buhari of gross insensitivity within the arbitrary closure of the land borders.

HURIWA, a civil rights advocacy group, described the arbitrary closure of land borders as a political gimmick to economically strangulate the South East of Nigeria regarded as the place from the place the clear majority of Nigerian companies situated inside the West African sub-region come from.

In an announcement by the Nationwide Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA expressed shock that such big public coverage was adopted with little or no consideration for the industrial and financial rights and legit enterprise pursuits of hundreds of thousands of Nigerians who’re cross-border entrepreneurs.

The implementation of the border closure with out “sacking inefficient border security managers goes to expose the naked hypocrisy of the charade.”

HURIWA accused the federal government of continuing with a serious public coverage with much more “devastating economic impacts to Nigerians trading in the neighboring nations to Nigeria without even the central government putting up reliable, dependable and sustainable fall back positions should the unilateral border closure backfire on Nigerian traders in those neighboring countries.”

The rights group questioned why “President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the shutting of the land borders but has so far failed to address the central factor necessitating the action which is linked to widespread inefficiency of border security architecture headed by the Nigerian customs and immigration whose Departmental heads are from the Northern region.”

The assertion reads: “It is suspected that the border closure at the same time with the deceitful shut down of the only international gateway to Igbo land which is Akannu Ibiam International Airport is a premeditated but politically motivated policy which must be reviewed immediately. The central government has not provided alternative superior arguments to defeat these well thought-out groundswell of suspicions in the minds of millions of people of Southern Nigerian origin.”

“The unilateral border closure is definitely hurting the financial rights of merchants of Nigerian descent dwelling within the West African nations of Ghana, Benin, and Cameroon, made up basically of individuals of South East origin. This motion can be a violation of the ECOWAS protocol referring to free motion of individuals, residence and institution which Nigeria acceded to.

“HURIWA believes that by the border shut down the Nigerian administration is also in grave breach of Articles 9, 10 and 11 of the ECOWAS Treaty thus: ARTICLE 9: “Member States undertake to co-operate among themselves by exchanging information on such matters that are likely to affect the effective implementation of this Protocol. Such information shall also be sent to the Executive Secretary for necessary action in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty.” ARTICLE 10: “The provisions of this Protocol shall not operate to the prejudice of citizens of the Community who are already in residence and establishment in a Member State provided they comply with the laws in general and in particular the immigration laws of that Member State;” And ARTICLE 11: “1. A decision to expel any citizen of the Community from the territory of a Member State shall be notified to the citizen concerned as well as the government of which he is a citizen and the Executive Secretary of ECOWAS. 2. The expenses incurred in the expulsion of a citizen shall be borne by the Member State which expels him. 3. In case of expulsion the security of the citizen concerned as well as that of his family shall be guaranteed and his property protected and returned to him without prejudice to his obligations to third party. 4. In case of repatriation of a citizen of the Community from the territory of a Member State, that Member State shall notify the government of the State of origin of the citizen and the Executive Secretary. 5. The cost of repatriation of a citizen of the Community from the territory of a Member State shall be borne by the citizen himself or in the event that he is unable to do so by the country of which he is a citizen.”

HURIWA stated the Federal authorities didn’t adjust to these thresholds unambiguously enshrined as core parts of the ECOWAS protocol earlier than dashing to shut down the land borders and driving over one million cross border entrepreneurs out of their professional line of companies whilst this coverage is discriminatory as a result of it affected merchants of largely one part of Nigeria and this violates part 42 of the Structure.

Part 42 of the Nigerian Structure supplies thus: “(1) A citizen of Nigeria of a particular community, ethnic group, place of origin, sex, religion or political opinion shall not, by reason only that he is such a person:- (a) be subjected either expressly by, or in the practical application of, any law in force in Nigeria or any executive or administrative action of the government, to disabilities or restrictions to which citizens of Nigeria of other communities, ethnic groups, places of origin, sex, religions or political opinions are not made subject; or (b) be accorded either expressly by, or in the practical application of, any law in force in Nigeria or any such executive or administrative action, any privilege or advantage that is not accorded to citizens of Nigeria of other communities, ethnic groups, places of origin, sex, religions or political opinions. (2) No citizen of Nigeria shall be subjected to any disability or deprivation merely by reason of the circumstances of his birth.”

HURIWA affirmed that the Nigerian authorities utterly did not discover inside assessment mechanisms inside ECOWAS which has now backfired for the a whole lot of hundreds of Nigerian born merchants in Ghana whose enterprise premises are being closed down in retaliatory strikes with whole impunity and disrespect to the extant provisions of the ECOWAS PROTOCOL on Actions of individuals and items.

The precise group recalled that Nigerians doing enterprise in Ghana have been requested to give up their retailers by Thursday, November 14, 2019, or be forcibly evicted in obvious retaliation in opposition to the Federal Authorities’s closure of the borders even because the ultimatum was issued by the Ghana Union of Merchants’ Associations (GUTA) and the Ghana Electrical Sellers Affiliation (GEDA).

HURIWA recalled that one of many notices sighted yesterday at strategic areas in markets throughout Ghana, particularly in Kumasi, reads in capital letters: “Attention! Attention! Attention! According to the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Law Act 865 Section 27A, you are not to be in our market. We are by this notice informing you to leave our market by 14th November 2019. By GUTA just as another notice states thus: “Warning! Warning! Warning! The agreement between GUTA, GEDA and the foreigners in our market place is up. So, the foreigners are given up to this weekend to abide by the agreement to leave our market places or they will be forcefully compelled to abide by it. By GEDA and GUTA.”

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