The Human Rights Watch, in a statement has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s reaction to killing of Shiite Muslims in Zaria by Nigerian army.
“The Nigerian military’s version of events does not stack up,” the statement said adding that the reaction from the presidency, that the situation is a military affair is most appalling.
“It is almost impossible to see how a roadblock by angry young men could justify the killings of hundreds of people. At best it was a brutal overreaction and at worst it was a planned attack on the minority Shia group,”
“Characterising this terrible carnage against Shiites in Zaria as ‘a military affair’ is shocking. President Buhari should ensure the military’s appalling track record of serious human rights abuses is halted and does not continue under his term in office.”
Describing the silence of the Presidency on the matter as shocking, it said “at least 300 Shia sect members, and likely many more, were killed and hundreds more injured, according to witnesses in at least two of the sites and a hospital source,”
“Soldiers quickly buried the bodies in mass graves without family members’ permission, making it difficult to determine an accurate death toll,” the body added.