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US Govt Condemns Shi’a Attack in Zaria, Urges President Buhari to Investigate

Valentine Chinyem

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United State President, Barack Obama, has urged his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, to order a probe into the killing of Shi’ite Muslims in Zaria, Kaduna State, by the Nigerian army.

This was conveyed to the President, through the United State Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria.

The statement reads thus:

“The United States is deeply concerned by reports of violent clashes between members of the Nigerian Army and the Shiite group Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Zaria, Kaduna State over the past several days.

“While many details of the incidents that reportedly began on December 12 remain unclear, we are dismayed to learn of multiple civilian deaths. It is essential that all sides refrain from actions that further destabilize the situation.

“The United States calls on the Government of Nigeria to quickly, credibly, and transparently investigate these events in Zaria and hold to account any individuals found to have committed crimes.”
The fallout from the clash has since attracted international condemnation, with the Iranian government condemning the killing of the Shi’ite sect members by the army.

It will be recalled that the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, called President Muhammadu Buhari, on the same violence, urging him to ensure the safety of Shi’ite Muslims in Nigeria and to investigate, what instigated the violence.

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