Friday 25 December 2015

REVEALED: How Nigerian Soldiers Killed 300 Shi’ites And Buried Them In Mass Graves

The killing of hundreds of Shia Muslim members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), by Nigerian army soldiers from December 12 to 14, 2015, appears to have been wholly unjustified. The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the government should be sufficiently independent and impartial to hold those responsible to account.

Human Rights Watch interviewed 16 witnesses to the killings and five others, including local authorities, who said that Nigerian army soldiers fired on Shia Muslim members of the group at three locations in Zaria, in northern Nigeria. The army said its confrontation with the Shia sect members who had erected a makeshift roadblock near a mosque resulted from an assassination attempt on the army chief of staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, whose convoy was passing by. In an internal military document seen by Human Rights Watch, the army said protesters appeared to be taking up positions near the back of the convoy.

CAN President urges Nigerians to stay united in Christmas message

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) president,  Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor has congratulated Nigerians on the Christmas and Eid-el-Maulud celebrations.

Oritsejafor urged Nigerian to use the opportunity provided by the season to reflect on the current challenges the nation is facing.

Punch reports that the CAN president called on Nigerians to strengthen their collective resolve to fight vices, such as ethnicity, sectionalism and economic hardship threatening to tear the country apart.