LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE Igbo Ekunie Initiative (IEI) has bemoaned what it termed the mounting human rights violations in the past year under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group comprising individuals in Nigeria and the Diaspora, said hopes had been the election of a president from the opposition party would bring needed reforms that would end the impunity and wanton human rights
violations that the Nigerian army has been notorious.
“Hitherto, there was much hope that this indiscriminate and criminal destruction of property, extra-judicial massacre of civilians, widespread torture and rape of women had until recently occasioned a ban of weapons sales to Nigeria by OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries.
In just one year of Buhari’s administration it is estimated that more than 1000 civilians have been killed by the Nigerian army in extra-judicial circumstances while more than 1000 have likewise sustained grievous injuries with some incapacitated for life.
The organization noted a great majority of the victims of such massacres are buried in mass graves, some of which are not in contention as the Kaduna State government admitted the killing and secret burial in mass graves of 346 unarmed Shiite civilians including women and children in the Zaria pogroms.
IEI also pointed out in February, more than 50 unarmed IPOB pro-Biafran protesters were shot to death by members of the Nigerian army in Aba.
“In closing we hereby again urge all relevant authorities and interested parties to activate the human rights treaties and correspondingly cease all weapons sales to the Nigerian army and security services, so as to save the lives of would be innocent victims of the sadistic and criminally,” IEI said.
– CAJ News