British High Commissioner, Paul Arkwright has condemned the violence in Zaria and Kaduna caused by the alleged murder of some faithful of the Shi’ite Muslim sect by men of the Nigerian Army.
“Like many across Nigeria, I am following with concern the reports of violence in Zaria over the weekend between the Nigerian security forces and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. I am further concerned at reports that protests in Kaduna have turned violent,” the High Commissioner said.
He adds: “Nigeria’s religious and ethnic diversity adds a great deal to this country’s rich culture. It is important, therefore, that Nigerians of all faiths are allowed to assemble and worship freely. In addition,”
Arkwright, therrfore, called on the security forces to conduct their operations within the rule of law, and advised demonstrators to ensure any protests are peaceful.
The United States also expressed deep concern over reports of violent clashes between members of the Nigerian Army and the Shiite group Islamic Movement.
“While many details of the incidents that reportedly began on December 12 remain unclear, we are dismayed to learn of multiple civilian deaths,” a statement by the Department of State says.
“It is essential that all sides refrain from actions that further destabilize the situation,” it adds.
The United States called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to quickly, credibly, and transparently investigate the events and hold any individuals found to have committed crimes to account.