Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has reacted after Garba Shehu, a Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, accepted a challenge thrown to him by the group to travel on Nigerian roads without his security details.


Recall that HURIWA had challenged Shehu to embark on a road journey from Abuja to any of the Northern states without security men and see what would come out of it.

HURIWA explained that Shehu appears to have misinterpreted the challenge issued out of charity and patriotism to indicate that we had ‘betted’ or fixed a sum of money to be paid to him if he accepted the challenge.

The group made the submission in a statement signed by its national coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko.

The statement read: “We made our challenge based on empirical evidence that insecurity is still rife and that unless killers are brought to trial and published which is not the case now, we can’t say that government is successful with the fight against mass killings,” HURIWA said, adding that it has been advised by a senior lawyer to ignore Garba Shehu and his antics.

“Garba Shehu had called us on the phone to accept the challenge on the condition that within 48 hours we should bring our lawyer so his lawyer sign agreements that something untoward won’t be orchestrated whilst he embarked on the journey in line with our challenge,”

“He has to do it with credible television stations who should also be brave enough to cover it since they reported him saying that security has improved,”