Zaria massacre: U.S. demands action on white paper; wants soldiers punished

Former U.S Presdient, Barack Obama (Photo credit: The Peak)
Former U.S Presdient, Barack Obama (Photo credit: The Peak)

The United States Government on Friday called on the Nigerian Government to expedite action on the recommendation of the White Paper on last year’s killings in Zaria, Kaduna State.

John Kirby, Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson of the Bureau of Public Affairs, said the U.S. government fully agreed with the White Paper’s recommendations that those involved in the killings be punished.

“On Dec. 5th, the Kaduna State Government in Nigeria issued a long-awaited White Paper on clashes last year that resulted in the deaths of a reported 348 civilians and one soldier.

“We fully agree with the White Paper’s recommendation that members of the military who were involved in the unlawful killing of civilians must be held accountable and punished appropriately.

“As the one-year anniversary of this tragic event approaches, we call on the federal government to be diligent, transparent, and expeditious in following through on this recommendation,’’ he said.

Mr. Kirby said that his government was also concerned with the Paper’s characterisation of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) as an “insurgent group”.

He said the U.S. government would also want to encourage the federal government to act on the Abuja High Court’s decision on December 2 for the release from prison of IMN leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, and his wife, within 45 days.

The spokesperson said his government had, therefore, enjoined the different levels of government to evolve ways of non-violent engagement with all citizens, including minority religious groups.

“We also encourage the federal government to act on the Abuja high court’s decision on Dec. 2 that IMN leader Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife should be released from prison within 45 days, as they have been held without charge since the events of last December.

“As the White Paper notes, the right to freedom of worship is a cherished constitutional right in Nigeria that must be protected.

“We encourage the people and the government of Nigeria to support these fundamental principles, regardless of religion, ethnicity, or region,’’ he added. (NAN)


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  • Iskacountryman

    the usa should begin by joining the icc…

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      Yep

      • Otile

        Yep at the Haig will Imam end up. Utagirma Allah.

        • Burbank

          Hague, not Haig.
          How’s your Islamist Imam Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff doing as your PDP boss?
          How’s your Imam Alhaji Dokubo Asari doing in Cotonou, after abandoning his biafrans to dance with Buratai’s Phyton ?

    • Burbank

      No way.
      Bush and Obama will be the first to face genocide trials!

      • Iskacountryman

        so what are they talking about?…we also have the right to kill a shit head…

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Wow !! The rational stance of the USA is well in line with common-sense, natural justice and equity. Buhari and his hench-men have chosen to continually thread the part of lawlessness and extreme violence in dealing with discerning groups, religious minorities and political opposition. Let’s hope the rest of the civilized world will tow the line of decency and support the US position on the prevailing blood-letting antics of the present regime.

    It is also necessary to identify the public officials, security forces personnel and politicians who spear-head these brutalities with a view to making them accountable for their crimes at a future date because this regime is not ready to render justice to victims.

    • aboki

      An issue you can WAIL and comments negatively is here keep it up.
      When Nigeria strives positively in the global arena you become sick because of your sadistic wishes to your country and it’s leadership HATRED on PMB person.
      We all know you by your attitude forgetting or ignorance of Nigerian iindependence status govern by constitution.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Those who love Nigeria will not encourage extra-judicial massacres , you are very unpatriotic.

        • Burbank

          Like Obama’s drones killing thousands of innocent people every week.

      • grand maze

        May what Buhari did to these 300 be visited on you and your people. Say Amen. Remember the golden rule – doing unto others as you would like them do to you.

        • Burbank

          Amen to River’s Nyesom Wike, Abia’s Okezie Ikpeazu, Anambra’s Willie Obiano, Ebonyi’s David Nweze Umahi, Enugu’s Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for supporting Buratai’s Phyton Dance now ongoing wiping out biafrans terrorists.

    • Ejiofor Umeano

      It is the civilized world that put countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, libya, Syria, Yamin etc to where they are today. If care is not taking, like joke, like joke, Nigeria will follow soon

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Bros, if the rule of law had been followed, if those citizens were arrested and charged for disturbing the peace, you will not see the USA or any country indeed commenting on that event. If the government had transparently dealt with the situation and not bury the victims in mass graves like dogs without any last rites whatsoever, the government’s credibility would have been better served .

        No country is a political or economic Island, the USA and other western powers helped ensure a peaceful transition which brought Buhari to Power hence they are acting in good faith to condemn the serial acts of institutional barbarity emanating from this regime.

        • Burbank

          And Guantanamo is run and managed by the North Koreans!

      • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

        good point.

    • Ipse Dixiti

      @tawandaincommunicado:disqus

      President Buhari should know by now that
      he would be going into the dock of a criminal court over this senseless Shiites’ massacre.
      It takes a barbaric chain of command to let loose the volleys of shots that killed 1000 Nigerians
      in peace time, including 300 Shiite Muslims later dumped into a mass grave in Kaduna state.
      It is an affront to human civilization.

      It is the very opposite of what a
      government anywhere should do. When all is done, Buhari’s case could become
      the citable locus classicus in the laws of genocide; as a classic case of the worst type of barbarity,
      ever committed in post 1945 history by Muhamadu Buhari – whom Professor Wole Soyinka had described
      last year, rather fulsomely and falsely, as ‘a born again democrat’

      • mayGodpunishopressors

        Wole is an obsolete man. completely out of date and can’t be upgraded or re-calibrated.

      • Burbank

        And your biafrans are still banned by your River’s Nyesom Wike, Abia’s Okezie Ikpeazu, Ebonyi’s David Nweze Umahi, Bayelsa’s Seriake Dickson, Anambra’s Willie Obiano, A’Ibom Udom Emmanuel, Enugu’s Ifeanyi Ugwanyi and Cross River’s Ifeanyi Okowa

    • Höly Wähala

      I agree, you only need to substitute “hench-men” for `lynch-men” in boots and your idea would sink in. Respect!

    • Burbank

      And Guantanamo is still active today packed with detainees arrested and detained for decades without trials.

  • javscong javscong

    The Kaduna State Government has already taken decisions based on the recommendations of the judicial panel. America wants our soldiers punished for dealing decisively with terrorists. That is akin to removing the speck in your neighbour’s eyes whereas there is a log in your eye. What has America done to all the Police officers who have assassinated unarmed black men? Their courts set them free!! Now it is getting worse with a fascist in the person of Trump preparing to take over in January. He is yet to be sworn in and his supporters have embarked on unprecedented attacks on people of colour. America is the least qualified to comment on our justice system. Let America return the loot stashed in their banks and mind her business.

    • Otile

      America is dishing out money to Buhari so Buhari must obey them and produce Thief Buratai and his fellow criminal murderers in the Nigerian army. Justice must be done, Honorable Trump is a no nonsense President.

      • aboki

        Otile trump has nothing to do with black people Igbo inclusive. Don’t live in an illusion Mr Okoro

      • Burbank

        “Trump is a no nonsense president” and his 1st priority is to declare a free biafra and Alhaji Dokubo Asari as the undisputed biafra president, with Nnamdi Kanu as Kuje’s abandoned resident inmate.

    • grand maze

      When America was propping Buhari during election and presidency, they did no wrong. You hailed them for meddling in our internal affairs against GEJ. Anyway Buhari can dare them let’s see what will happen. After all it has always been the case with America that they help install a ruler who later becomes a problem to humanity and then America will turn around to fight the same monster they created.

  • CEO

    Buhari has now got the marching order, though veiled in diplomatic coating. He has been told precisely what to do. It would amount to mere wishful thinking, if he ever anticipated this barbaric action by him and his security forces fizzling away with no consequences. The US facilitated his installation into office, and he has admitted it publicly by asking Nigerians to thank the US for their help. The former US ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Entwinstle confirmed this in his farewell speech to journalists. Anyone can continue to cite instances of injustice in the US all they want. The fact of the matter is, if Nigeria’s justice system is anything distantly near what is obtainable in the US, Nigeria would be a beacon of human rights and rule of law on the African continent, and a case study on transparency. If Nigerians do not want the US to have an opinion in their affairs, then Nigeria should not ask the US for money, help or assistance in any way, shape or form, including loans from the Word Bank, IMF or any country the US has vested interest or works with. Unfortunately, a criminal records page has been opened for Buhari, the way he conducts himself, going forward, would determine the contents of the page.
    ,

    • Burbank

      And the same US government detained Guantanamo detainess without trials!

      • Boyl

        Your incoherent comments forces one to reply you even when it not worth it. You want US to release the bunch of terrorists that bombed the WTC in guantenamo and to spare ‘innocent’ people like Osama, Al bwarki and the host other ‘innocent’ murderers abi

        • Burbank

          Hence detention without open court trials and sentences is ok.

          And when the government claimed that you are a terrorist, you can be detained or killed by the military or police, without court conviction.

  • Decimator

    Mr. Kirby said that his government was also concerned with the Paper’s
    characterisation of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) as an
    “insurgent group”.
    Hopefully they have really woken up at last. Not just Trump effect alone.

    • Burbank

      Just like NDA and IPOB.

  • FineBoy

    Should we not start by prosecuting Clinton and Obama for murdering Gaddafi and causing chaos in Iraq and Syria?

    • Omo Akin

      That’s right. They are pro-Islamic terrorists. Those hypocritical maggots. How should a reasonable government listen to them.

  • Gary

    Finally, the State Department is now saying in the open what American officials have been whispering to the Buhari regime since they learned the details of the Zaria Massacre from patriotic Nigerians at home and abroad. We are seeing firsthand how democracy and diplomacy work.

    It is heartbreaking that Nigerians now have to turn to citizens abroad and the international community to have a government they freely elected from killing them at will. And to remind the same government that human rights are God-given and not a whimsical gift of any transient ruler. Fela Kuti said the same thing to this same man in power thirty years ago. When will Buhari learn?

    • Burbank

      The US is yet to release those Guantanamo prisoners, detained without trials, for decades.

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    Wahabism reigns in Nigeria! Why US expects the proponents of that brand of Islam to punish the military arm of their movement beats me.

    • Burbank

      And Nyesom Wike that banned biafrans is also a wahabi?

      • Gabriel Olasebikan

        No,he is Sunni.

        • Burbank

          Lolz
          Even Enugu’s Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Abia’s Okezie Ikpeazu and Ebonyi’s David Nweze Umahi supported Buratai’s “Python Dance” to wipe out biafrans terrorists from Niger Delta.

  • Burbank

    Has the US release those Guantanamo prisoners, detained without trials, for decades?
    No.

    • Sai Babarian

      Lone soldier Sai Babarian at work again. Keep working ok

      • Burbank

        So guan still active.