We Must Protect Our Democracy: Rights Group, HURMA Writes Gov. Sanwo-Olu; Speaker Against Possible Military Action – Rights Monitors

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A mass based Human Rights organization in Nigeria, Human Rights Monitoring Agenda, HURMA has written a letter seeking urgent meeting with both the Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and also the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa against possible military intervention into Nigerian present political affairs.

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The letter signed by the Executive Director of HURMA, Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak and titled: “URGENT REQUEST FOR COURTESY VISIT: A NEED TO MOVE AHEAD AGAINST ANY POSSIBLE MILITARY ACTION”, was received by both offices of the governor and Speaker on Monday, Aug 14th.

The letter reads in part:

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“Our office wish to request for an urgent courtesy call to your office for 2 vital reasons:
1. As a duty from us to officially welcome the newly elected members of the rulling class in our society to office and as well declare our commitment to ensure the complete success of the regime.

“2. To urgently mobilize Nigerians for complete support of the government and as well educate the masses on why we cannot compromise our fragile democracy for anything short of it.

“As earlier explained above, HURMA is an organization with units and branches scattered across both the states and local government areas. Through our weekly Human Rights program on Radio Nigeria among other media platforms, we get regular confidential reports from both members and non members with which we can precisely comment on state of the nation at every particular point in time.

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“We wish to reliably inform you that since the latest coupe in Niger Republic in Africa, the story from different reports have not been very friendly and we can not guarantee that some elements within have not began negotiations already to compromise our fragile democracy.
There have been tension and perplexity in the Northern region of Nigeria, especially in the states that have border with Niger.

“There are different reports of different interested groups, both local and international who are interested in immediate collapse of the nation for selfish interest and therefore looking for every opportunity to pronounce it a failed state so that an alternative regime could seize the opportunity with acclaimed mission to rescue.

“Many enemies of the people are working underground to pronounce the administration as failed so they can set Nigeria on fire.
A section of the society from several reports is gradually saying welcome to a military regime in Africa.

“The PBAT administration has been recently accused openly of implemention of toxic economic policies that is gradually rendering  Nigerian economy (which is currently Africa’s largest Economy) in disarray.

“HURMA as a body whose leadership strongly contributed in enthronement of democracy in Nigeria see it clearly that the core reason for military intervention into political affairs is to promote constitutional order and as well protect resources and citizens from external and internal attack; Though we may have some challenges in Nigeria especially presently, yet we unequivocally maintained that it is important that we build a united front to send a general signal to both local and international communities that our affairs is always better managed democratically and anything short of this is collectively rejected.

“We are willing to put in every measure to protect the democracy we paid a huge price for.”

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