U.S. warns Nigerian military against human rights abuses

The U.S. said the rights of civilians must be respected.

The United States Government has warned military authorities in Nigeria against abuse of civilian rights in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram in some north eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

The U.S. government’s warning was contained in a statement released on Sunday by John Kerry, the Secretary of State.

The statement said the U.S. “is deeply concerned about the fighting in northeastern Nigeria following President Jonathan’s declaration of a state of emergency in the Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states”.

Security forces already engaged in ‘gross human rights abuses’

The statement also added that the United States is “deeply concerned by credible allegations that Nigerian security forces are committing gross human rights violations, which, in turn, only escalate the violence and fuel extremism.”

The United States added that though it “condemns Boko Haram’s campaign of terror in the strongest terms, it urges “Nigeria’s security forces to apply disciplined use of force in all operations, protect civilians in any security response, and respect human rights and the rule of law.”

The U.S. is one of Nigeria’s major allies in the fight against terrorism and has often raises concerns when it feels the Goodluck Jonathan administration is deviating from globally approved norms both in the war on terror and others like the anti-corruption battle and freedom of the press.


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  • Ayo Yussuff

    “The statement also added that the United States is “deeply concerned by credible allegations that Nigerian security forces are committing gross human rights violations, which, in turn, only escalate the violence and fuel extremism.” Haba America!!!! credible allegations???!!!!u people with your doublespeak….You have violated all human right laws in order to protect your citizens:
    Drone attacks= extrajudicial killing or summary execution of suspect without trial.
    Waterboarding of terror suspect= Torture.
    Guantanamo= detention without trial.
    Forced Feeeding of hunger strike detainees = Gross humanright abuse(some of the detainees are spending close to 12 years in prison without trial.
    We support our millitary in their effort to bring peace to our beloved country they should please respect the human right of every Nigerian citizen. The americans should respect the Feg Gov effort restore peace and stop all this irritating comments and stop crying wolf where there is non…chikena!!!!!!

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    • lu

      i like your comment, yesterdday on CCTV I watched a documentary stating that the US has the highest amount of people in prison, apart from that you are very right, they have committed much more human right abuses too.

  • BOLA

    i once admired the US forces, but having watched ( on Youtube) numerous cases of outright murder of civilians by their troops in Iraq, and drones in Afghan/Pakistan I have now changed my mind. They are in no position to offer advice. All the same, I trust that the Nigerian Army will keep civilian casualities to a minimum

  • idris

    america my foot,after all the people you are killing,in iraq,afghanistan,pakistan etc,pls mind your wahala,Nigeria is a sovereing state under te UN

  • Princewill Djvirux Reuben

    AMERICA IS TALKING BULLSHITS & NON-SENCE!