Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has drawn the federal government’s attention to the fact that its decision (FG) to shut down the telecommunications network in some northern states primarily affects civilians and troops in the regions.
The group noted that terrorists always find ways to communicate with themselves and operate unhindered while the masses and security agencies suffer.
HURIWA called the federal government’s decision to shut down the telecommunications network a deliberate rush and panic.
The rights group, in a statement signed by its national coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said it is unfair and unpatriotic for the FG to continue to shut down the telecommunications network in the troubled North West region.
The group stressed that this decision has so far not affected the terrorists and their nefarious activities, but has only worsened the suffering of Nigerians and made operations more difficult for our troops carrying out the war against the elements. terrorists in the region.
The group reprimanded the Minister of Communications and the Digital Economy, Ibrahim Pantami, saying that by applying this measure, which he further described as “grossly incompetent”, the minister demonstrated that he did not know what were the right steps, using technology, to contain the increase in terrorist attacks in the region.
HURIWA asserted that insecurity in the northwest primarily affects Christians and Hausa, and that dominant members of terrorist groups are Fulani shepherds sharing the same ethno-religious affiliation with the controversial minister.
The rights group believes that what is happening in the Northwest is a genocide of the Christians of the North and the indigenous Hausa people.
HURIWA referred to a recent post that cited a military source attributing the attack on a forward operating base of troops fighting terrorists in the northwest to the lack of communication between the troops due to network congestion in the area. region. A dozen soldiers were ultimately killed by terrorists in the attack.
The same report also stated that terrorists are now using Thuraya satellite phones to circumvent the ban on telecommunications networks in the region.
HURIWA therefore questioned the sincerity of the goal of shutting down the network given that there has been an increase in the frequency of attacks and killings of innocent Nigerians in the region.
The rights group reported various publications reporting the murders of more than 300 and the kidnapping of more than 100 Nigerians by terrorists across the North West since the telecommunications shutdown.
“This is an indication that the shutdown of the network has not achieved its goal and should therefore be reconsidered,” the group said.