Nigerian activists who described themselves as members of the Initiative For Conciliation And Right Protection have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to choose dialogue and reconciliation rather than an iron posture in dealing with those who oppose him or his administration.
They said in a statement sent to TODAY NEWS AFRICA USA in Washington D.C. that only dialogue and reconciliation can be used as a penacle for peaceful resolution of conflicts in Nigeria.
Although very little is known about the group, the statement they issued, signed by Barrister B Hasan, Comrade Ekoja Godwin and DR. Abubakar Y. Abdallah, called on Mr. Buhari, a former military dictator turned democrat, to release the former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, the publisher of Sahara Reporters Omoyele Sowore and several others.
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The administration of President Buhari has been roundly criticized for disobeying court orders and going after people it perceives as political antagonists.
Read full statement.
Unreserved Commitment Towards Peace and Unity is Necessary for Nigeria
Nigeria is a cosmopolitan country with great people and has been a key actor since it became a member of the United Nations in 1960, only eight days after its independence.
Every member state of the United Nations must work towards the ideals of the Charter of the United Nations and the universal values it was founded upon.
These includes: peace, freedom, social progress, equal rights and human dignity.
A key foundation for a prosperous and peaceful nation is a non-negotiable adherence to the rule of law. If this key factor appears negotiable, then a nation needs to reverse the trend such that a government-built policy around the use of dialogue, conciliation, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods in the solution mix being used to arrest conflict and foster unity.
These methods can be equally applied to resolve the problems that have.been existing between the Nigerian Shia.Muslims as the Former United States of America’s Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, has warned the federal government to tread cautiously in the way it is handling the case of the leader Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
As many devoted Nigerians are working towards that, we will like to use this medium to commend president Muhammadu Buhari for warning the police against excessive use of force and also call on the release of.Shia Muslim leader in Nigeria Sheikh El-Zakzaky, allow him to get access to medical treatment outside the country where his own doctors will handle his issue as the court granted that.
We also call on the release of Col.Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Omoyele Sowore and other Nigerian political prisoners.
We can recall that the United Nations through its, rapporteur has questioned the Nigerian government’s claim that the Shiites group, was responsible for the killing of a police officer and a journalist in July, as reported by Premium Times.
Agnes Callamard, who is the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, expressed concern about Nigeria’s growing cases of extrajudicial killings, and said the allegation against the Shia Muslims was “very problematic” and did not “in any way meet international investigative standards.”
Speculation has been going on among Nigerians on how the Government swept the case of the Army officers that were involved in the killings of at least 300 Shia Muslims in Zaria as presented at the Kaduna Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCI).
Nigeria does not need more violence, more atrocities and damages. The atrocities already committed by Boko Haram and Bandits are enough.
Nigeria does not lack its own Peaceful and Effective Solutions, that can only be achieved through peace and unity as well as collective participation in all activities that will promote peace in the country.
Barrister B Hasan
Comrade Ekoja Godwin
DR. Abubakar Y. Abdallah
Movement For Peace And Unity
Under the Initiative For Conciliation And Right Protection