In a bold move, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has criticized President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration for considering the demolition of 200 houses to make room for the expansion of the Presidential Fleet. HURIWA urged a reconsideration of the plan, emphasizing the insensitivity and dehumanization it imposes on affected households.
HURIWA, in a Press Statement, advocated for downsizing the presidential fleet and suggested selling off some jets for commercial use to bolster public treasury income. The group questioned the allocation of exorbitant budgets for maintaining a massive fleet, especially when global trends lean towards cost-effective and lean government operations.
Expressing dismay, HURIWA condemned the displacement of 200 families from their ancestral homes to accommodate the aviation needs of just two presidential families. The group questioned the priorities of the Nigerian Air Force, emphasizing the need for transparency in legal processes, including providing alternative settlements and fair compensation for those facing displacement.
Highlighting constitutional principles, HURIWA referenced Section 14 of the 1999 constitution, emphasizing the government’s obligation to prioritize the security and welfare of the people. The group cited Section 44, which prohibits compulsory possession of property without proper compensation.
The press statement, signed by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko also noted the Federal Capital Territory Administration’s decision to demolish 200 houses in the Nuwalege community, close to Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja, based on the Nigerian Air Force’s request. HURIWA called for thorough investigations into compensation claims and urged against abandoning affected Nigerians to a cruel fate.
HURIWA’s Onwubiko, issued a strong caution, emphasizing the need for fairness and justice in addressing the impending displacement of families.