The Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria (HURIWA) has refuted the recent claims made by Mr. Nyesom Wike, the newly appointed Minister of the Federal Capital Territory. Wike had earlier expressed his desire to rid Abuja’s streets of street hawkers and corn sellers, asserting that they contribute to the city’s insecurity.
However, HURIWA vehemently disagrees with Wike’s perspective. They argue that corruption within the country’s public sector, especially among high-ranking financial officers and procurement officials, is the real catalyst for insecurity across Nigeria. The association also criticizes Wike’s apparent disdain for the economically disadvantaged, remarking on his transition from obscurity to prominence.
HURIWA cautions Wike, reminding him that societal unrest is often rooted in economic disparity. They urge those concerned with the security situation to consider the high conviction rates among disgraced public officials, asserting that these individuals constitute the majority of the criminal element in Nigeria.
Recently, Wike announced a ban on street vending in Abuja during a meeting with the management staff of the Federal Capital Territory Administration and Federal Capital Development Authority. Wike, the former governor of Rivers State, urged his team to prioritize doing what is right.