Don’t Open Nigeria for Africans without Visas, Group Tells Buhari

By Ikeugonna Eleke

A Rights group, Human, Right, Liberty Access, and Peace Defenders’ Foundation (HURIDE), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to plunge Nigeria into dangerous religious war with his new foreign policy of opening Nigeria’s borders to Africans without visas.

The group which made the call after its national executive end of the year meeting, expressed shock that President Buhari who few months ago closed the borders ahead of 2019 Christmas, would immediately open it for people from other parts of the continent to troop into.

The group urged Buhari to immediately stop the policy, or carry on with it at the risk of it being seen as part of his plan to actualize his aborted RUGA policy.

A statement by the group, signed by its chairman of Board of Trustees, Dede Uzor Uzor, and Chief Media Officer, Zack Unah, read in part, ‘The Federal Government is shooting itself in the leg by allowing the border it closed to be reopened for the Fulanis in other parts of Africa to come to take over the land of the indigenous population of Nigeria.

‘These are particularly militants fighting in Mali, Niger, and other parts of Africa that Buhari wants to give free entry into the Nigerian territory.

This is another way to enforce Fulani supremacy in Nigeria and foist war against the Indigenous Peoples of Nigeria.’

The group said the recent announcement of the policy by President Buhari revealed his insincerity in the closure of Nigeria’s borders.

The rights group warned that those Fulanis were members of the disbanded Islamic States, the late Mummar Ghaddafi’s foot soldiers and other itinerant gunmen who have been involved in guerrilla battle in other parts of Africa.

They added that this posed a great danger to the corporate existence of Nigeria and Nigerian Armed Forces which had been fighting against the insurgents in North East and North West.

It called on the Federal Government to retrace its steps from implementing such a policy, while also calling on the United Nations, the United States of America, the British Government, the European Union, among other international groups, to prevail on Buhari to drop the policy.