UK reports Buhari to Commonwealth over killings of Nigerians, including children

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. He was reported to the Commonwealth of Nations by some UK Lawmakers over killings of Nigerians, including children. Photo credit: usnews.com

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UK reports Buhari to Commonwealth over killings of Nigerians, including children

UK APPG alleged that Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen and other Islamic militia continue in the killing and ethnic in Northern and central-belt states.

UK APPG criticizes the Nigerian government for failing to protect its citizens citing clear breach of its obligations under the Commonwealth Charter in respect of human rights, urging prompt and impartial investigation, and holding those responsible accountable.

UN estimates indicate that 3,909 children were killed between 2015 and 2016 and 1.4 million displaced from their homes

 

United Kingdom (UK) lawmakers have written Commonwealth of Nations reporting Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari over killings of Nigerians including children, according to a media report.

The lawmakers, while emphasizing on the helplessness of the Nigerian government, are seeking for intervention on the killings.

 

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The letter read that there is need for immediate interventions about escalating violence in Nigeria where attacks led by Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen and other Islamic militia continue in Northern and central-belt states with reports of rising violence in the South-East of the country.

A report by the UK All-Party Parliament Group (APPG) for International Freedom of Religion or Belief claimed that thousands of civilians have been killed and certain elements of the Nigeria Government may be complicit in violence.

Children have also been killed and displaced too. UN estimates indicate that 3,909 children were killed, while 7,333 of them were injured in Boko Haram attacks between 2015 and 2016. UNICEF also reported that over 1.4 million have been displaced in the past 5 months and over 1000 abducted by Boko Haram since 2013.

The APPG’s worry replicates the findings of a report by Amnesty International, which concludes that the Nigerian military have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during their operations, even as the Nigerian former Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Theophilus Danjuma, confirmed to some of the members of the group that the Nigerian military collude in the ethnic cleaning perpetrated by the Fulani herdsmen.

The group for International Freedom of Religion and Belief stated that the Nigerian government failure to protect its citizens is a clear breach of its obligations under the Commonwealth Charter in respect of human rights.

The group also requested that there is a pressing need to ensure satisfactory protection and aid for those suffering the loss of family members and destruction of their homes and means of support and to end impunity by ensuring that complaints related to human rights violations-related complaints are promptly and impartially investigated, and those accountable are held to take responsibility for their actions after given fair trials.

The UK lawmakers included Caroline Cox, David Alton, Jin Shannon and Helena Kennedy. Others, who signed the letter, are Lord Williams, Lord Carey, Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Phillip Mounstephen, Lord Stoddart, Lord Anderson, Lord Cormack. Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, Ayo Adedoin, Ewelina Ochab, Mervyn Thomas, Dr Khataza Gondwe, Nevile Kyrte-Smith, Dr John Eibiner  and Ann Buwalda.

 

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