The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned the newly introduced pension scheme for Bayelsa state political office holders describing the policy as “evil and retrogressive”.
The group warned that the endorsement of the “selfish and politically patronizing” policy in Bayelsa state could lead to widspread social crime.
The Right group has asked the Bayelsa state government to halt it or else the organized civil society groups should challenge it in the court of law.
HURIWA argued that the law which is made retroactive is offensive to the fundamentals of law making process since laws ought not to be retroactive in nature.
The group in a statement by its National coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA said “it was unthinkable that Bayelsa state government that should be forward looking and pro-poor because of the widespread impoverishment of its people by the criminal activities of multinational crude oil drilling firms over the last many decades newly endorsed state-wide pension scheme for Bayelsa state political office holders represent.”
HURIWA also applauded the decision of the Bayelsa based non governmental and civil rights groups to reject the bad law just as it has urged all Bayelsa people irrespective of political affiliations to stage civil disobedience actions should the state government fails to reverse this terribly criminal minded policy meant to benefit the already over pampered political elite.
HURIWA also stated that apart from the inherent ethical challenge that the Bayelsa state political pension portends, the policy is also a clear violations of chapters two and four of the constitution which obliges state governments to prioritize the overall public good far and above selfish pecuniary gains for the politicians.
HURIWA said the law was discriminatory since “there is no provision for social welfare schemes for babies and the aged of Bayelsa state who are the segments of Bayelsa state that are amongst the most marginalized and vulnerable and therefore by law should be supported financially to live as human beings and not for political office holders who are already overpaid to line their pockets with filthy lucre which they now plan to legalise.”
HURIWA said it plans to do a detailed petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to urge it to step in and stop the resources of Bayelsa people from being vandalised by political office holders in Bayeksa state.