Centre for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade (CHURAC) has tackled president Muhammadu Buhari of signing yet another draconian bill into law, saying that the hasty signing of the bill into law is suspicious.
This was contained in a statement personally signed and issued to newsmen in Warri yesterday by Cleric E. Alaowei, Esq, President/Chairman Board of Trustees,Centre for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade (CHURAC), a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide.
The statement reads in full below:
16th August, 2021
PRESIDENTIAL ASSENT ON THE PIB: WE WON’T CELEBRATE IT
The speed with which President Buhari assented to the PIB is suspicious. Since he was on self isolation, why can’t he wait till he resumes fully before giving assent to the controversial Bill?
It appears, Mr. President is yielding to the desires of a section of the Country, especially the core Northern Supremacists. For us in the Niger Delta, the hasty signing into law of that rather repressive Act only marked another draconian legal regime where the region is being subjected to the whims and caprices of the inimical petroleum laws. The new Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) only adds up to the laws that have being colonizing the Niger Delta people. 3% host community funds is an insult to the beleaguered oil bearing but environmentally degraded communities as far as 30% is approved for oil exploration at the frontier basin which is tactically provided to favour the northern States.
Niger Delta people need 10% equity share. 3% cannot remedy the despoilation of our environment occasioned by the years of unhindered oil exploration. We suggest that the President and the National Assembly initiate the amendment of the new Act in order to forestall possible breakdown of law and order in the region.
Cleric E. Alaowei, Esq,
President/Chairman Board of Trustees,
Centre for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade (CHURAC)