Zaria Massacre: After months of silence, Buhari promises “appropriate response”

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President Muhammadu Buhari has assured international and local human rights groups of “appropriate response” to a report of the judicial inquiry into the clashes between soldiers and Shiites last December, his office said Tuesday.

A statement by a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said Mr. Buhari was studying the report before announcing appropriate response in due course.

“The president’s commitment to human rights remains unchanged because it is a cardinal component of the democratic order,” the statement said.

The commission of inquiry, set up by the Kaduna State government, released its report in July. The panel investigated the killing of hundreds of Shi’a Muslims by Nigerian soldiers.

The report indicted the General Officer Commanding the Nigerian Army’s 1st Division, Adeniyi Oyebade. He was accused of ordering the attack on civilians.

The killings drew worldwide condemnations, and several investigative reports said hundreds of Shiites were killed by government troops and secretly buried in a mass grave in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The Shi’a Islamic movement, led by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, said it lost more than a thousand members in the attack that took place between December 12 and 14 at its headquarters in Zaria.

A representative of the Kaduna State government revealed that 347 bodies were handed over by the army for a secret mass burial.

But despite the evidence, the army claimed it killed only seven Shiites who blocked a public road and attempted to assassinate its chief, Tukur Buratai, a lieutenant general.

It said troops only used force after it became clear that Mr. Buratai’s life was in danger.

The leader of the Shi’a group, Mr. El-Zakzaky, who was arrested by soldiers during the operation, has remained in custody seven months after.

The attacks were neither condemned by the army hierarchy nor by President Muhammadu Buhari.

After his initial silence, Mr. Buhari suggested during a televised interview on December 30 that the victims invited the wrath of the military upon themselves by “hitting the chest of generals”.

But in what appeared a turnaround, Mr. Buhari said on Tuesday that his government will issue the needed response.

The statement issued by Mr. Shehu said the president “had told the nation during the Presidential Media Chat that he was awaiting the outcome of the report of inquiry into the incident before making appropriate response”.

The statement said the “present administration believes in due process and the rule of law; therefore any response to the report would follow this principle”.

“The Federal Government will continue to act in the larger interest of the public to prevent such violent incidents,” it said.


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  • nixon

    Rubbish from a dumb presidency! 10 French citizens die and within 2 hrs you make a statement. Your citizens die (350-1000 Nigerians) and you waited 8 months to make a statement. Uselessness without levels!

    • FirecloudOFGOD

      Another 2 and 1/2 years to go!


    The worthless white-wash enquiry has no credibility, it was supposed to be federal government led because the army is federal controlled.

    • FirecloudOFGOD

      You are right. This is a cover up! Yorubas have a saying” Iwoyi Laro” Meaning that Buhari is just responding so late!

  • B. Messi

    And what has been his ‘appropriate response’ to the CORRUPT & ILLEGAL RECRUITMENTS AT CBN(where his nephew was a beneficiary), FIRS & PRISONS???

    Only FOOOLISH e-zombies are still fooled by this old man.


    • babalan

      Totally agree. So he wants Nigerians to believe that the killing was going on from December 12th to December 14th, and the army chief of staff did not brief him? He deliberately wanted to decimate the Shi’ites just because they are not Sunni like himself and Boko Haram. See, because Boko Haram are Sunni, he has been granting them secret amnesty, and not even a single Boko Haram has been indicted or accused of any crime. Instead he is using the $2.1 billion dollar world bank loan as incentive and ‘relief’ to BH members to stop fighting, while the so-called Internally Displaced Persons for whom the loan was granted are dying of hunger, and only the Red Cross is helping them now.

  • George

    Totally worthless and useless president.

  • Solomonson

    We have said it and we are still saying that those that commit the massacre must be punished. But do you think justice will truly be done. Can the president blame himself? Can he pushed Buratai? Anything short of that is Injustice

    • Otile

      You people are now learning. Dubai $Millionaire General will be swaggering while innocent soldiers will pay the ultimate price for his recklessness. That’s the price of being subservient to the Fulanis. You know, everyday I thank God that General Ransome Kuti was spared from paying with his life for the bungling of the Fulanis and their Boko Haram agents.

  • tony H

    Just punish ONLY General Adeniyi Oyebade..Hang the sacrificial lamb from his balls.

    • Otile

      What do you think, do you think there is justice in Nigeria? We thank God not more Yoruba Christian soldiers were earmarked for paying the ultimate price for the coverup to Brutai’s brutality.

      • tony H

        Bruh, there is no justice in Nigeria. My post was more to annoy the Yorubas that have sold their collective souls to the Fulanis. Buhari & Brutal Burutai have decided to scapegoat a Yoruba man for their dastardly crime. The Yorubas, led by Thiefnubu are still busy licking the Fulani boot.

        • Samadani

          PMB remains the C in C. Jealousy go shame!

          • tony H

            I don’t get it. Explain? Abi u r just trolling?

  • favourtalk

    That is PMB for you, a man with his word and will surely do it like he says

    • Otile

      That is a devout Muslim man for you, a man who will punish his perceived enemies with cruel death and torturous imprisonment irrespective of justice being on the side of his victims. He does what he likes.


    A wise man doesn’t talk anyhow, a wise man thinks before he talks.