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HURIWA, AFRI Rights Want AU To Kick Out Nkurunziza

By Emmanuel Onwubiko
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Two Nigerian-based pro- Democracy groups- Association of African Writers on Human and People's Rights (AFRIRIGHTS) and HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) have asked the African Union to demand that the President of Burundi respects his Country's constitution and step down immediatelly his second term expires having served for two terms provided for under the extant law.

In a statement jointly authorised by Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko the National Coordinator of HURIWA and the Country Director of AFRIRIGHTS and Miss Zainab Yusuf the National Director of Media Affairs of HURIWA, the Rights organisations tasked African leaders to intervene on the side of the people of Burundi and stop the President from achieving his unconstitutional third term plot which could spark off another civil war in that fragile nation.

The groups recalled that Burundi is facing a difficult political environment early next year as the country’s parliament will decide whether President Pierre Nkurunziza is eligible to contest in the elections or not.

Besides the Rights groups affirmed that from their findings the five-tier elections are scheduled to begin in May next year, but the opposition political platforms largely backed by a wide range of people of Burundi have maintained that attempts to have President Nkurunziza run for a third term could spark a resumption of civil war.

The two Nigerian-based groups rejected the hasty and preordained verdict of the handpicked constitutional court which against the clear provisions of the law has gone ahead to permit the Burundian leader to run for an unconstitutional third term.

HURIWA and AFRIRIGHTS stated that the illegal third term plot by the current President of Burundi is a clear violation of the 2000 Arusha Accord.

The Accord, in the considered opinion of the two human rights groups registered in Nigeria as civil society groups, was categorical that apart from power-sharing arrangements, the president cannot go for more than two terms.

"African Union must act decisively now to stop the fragile political situation in Burundi from degenerating into another civil war. One man's unbridled political ambitions for limitless presidential terms should not be allowed to jeopardise the peace of a whole country and throw out millions of Africans as refugees should civil crises break out therein", HURIWA and AFRIRIGHTS averted jointly.