Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) on Friday warned President Muhammadu Buhari not to incite war in the country over grazing reserves review.
The president had approved ‘with dispatch’ a review of 368 grazing sites across 25 states in Nigeria.
But, reacting to this, HURIWA said the president was inviting civil war in the country.
According to the group, Buhari must reverse the idea which it said, may destabilise Nigeria.
The right group spoke in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Director Miss Zainab Yusuf.
It wondered why the president was bent on harnessing people’s ancestral lands for the herders.
The rights group accused Buhari of favouring his kinsmen since 2015 when he assumed office and failing to arrest and prosecute suspected armed Fulani herdsmen who have allegedly killed over 6,000 Nigerians since 2015.
“This is the first time in over 60 years of Nigeria’s independence that Nigeria is foisted with a fatalistic administration whose head of executive arm is doing everything outside of the law to arm-twist other ethnicities just so the president’s kinsmen are awarded the ancestral lands for their private commercial business of grazing cattle,” HURIWA noted.
The rights group, therefore, asked Buhari to desist from taking steps and doing things that will plunge Nigeria into a long drawn civil war.
HURIWA further accused Buhari of breaching his constitutional oath of office which prohibits him from using his office to confer unlawful advantage on his people due to pedestrian reasons.
“For the avoidance of doubts and from the abundance of scholarly submissions, Mr. President should note that the Land Use Act, enacted in 1978, was meant to standardise land administration systems across the country,” the group added.