Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA) has called for the immediate arrest of the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, (SAN) for making what the group described as an incendiary, very dangerous, toxic and absolutely unthinkable statement that the Labour Party’s presidential candidate Mr. Peter Obi was plotting a fake attempted assassination against himself.
HURWA said it was important that Keyamo provided all the information that he has about the phantom assassination plot he spoke about.
The group also tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Festus Keyamo as a minister, adding that the junior minister cannot hold a publicly funded office and at the same time be engaging in a virtually full-time private duty as staff of the Presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress.
The rights group said this is unethical and unconstitutional since one person cannot at the same time draw public and private funds whilst essentially engaging in strictly private partisan duties for APC.
HURIWA said for the fact that only a few hours ago a prominent Senator Ifeanyi Ubah was nearly assassinated by armed attackers in Anambra State and given that many political stalwarts have either been killed by assassins or kidnapped all across the country with the relevant security agencies not solving almost any of these attacks and violent killings of politicians, the reckless statement by Festus Keyamo should not be overlooked.
The group said the statement by Keyamo is a direct affront to national security and is as satanic and destructive as the spread of fake news and hate speech which precipitates hate crimes.
HURIWA has also asked the Nigerian Bar Association to be worried that someone who wears the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria could come up with such a sensational allegation just to massage the ego of his political paymasters.
Keyamo, in a statement on Monday, alleged that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, was planning to fake an assassination attempt on himself and hire some supporters dressed in the APC caps and T-shirts to attack some of his party offices.
HURIWA further reacting to Keyamo’s statement said it believes that if Nigeria truly practices constitutional democracy, the junior minister should have by now been cooling off at the offices of law enforcement agencies in Abuja to answer a few questions on all he knows concerning the phantom assassination plot which he alleged sensationally without any shreds of empirical data against the Labour Party’s candidate.
HURIWA has also challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission to sanction political parties employing toxic hate-filled sentiments such as the one just made by Mr. Keyamo to desist.