The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has warned against a smear campaign against a former Southeastern Nigeria governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
Mr. Ugwuanyi was governor of Enugu State between 2015 and 2023.
The group said it has received credible information that powerful political forces are exerting undue pressure on civil society organizations, the media, and other actors in Abuja and Lagos to fabricate false scandals against Ugwuanyi.
HURIWA said these forces are motivated by ulterior motives and are seeking to smear his reputation.
The group said Ugwuanyi made significant promises to the people of Enugu State and lived up to many of them, including opening up Nsukka, the university town where the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) is situated.
HURIWA also said Ugwuanyi built a magnificent sports stadium at Nsukka to encourage sports activities in the region.
“In the realm of infrastructure, Governor Ugwuanyi dualized the road from Emene to Nike Lake Resort Hotel, easing traffic gridlock and enhancing connectivity,” HURIWA said.
The group said Ugwuanyi was also worker-friendly, ensuring the prompt payment of salaries and other entitlements to civil servants.
HURIWA called on all stakeholders, including the media, civil society organizations, and the general public, to critically evaluate the information being disseminated by these individuals and their motives.
The group said every Nigerian is entitled to a fair and unbiased assessment of their character and conduct and that public figures like Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi should not be unfairly maligned or subjected to unwarranted character assassination.