Dec 18, 2015 (Daily Trust/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) — Following the violent clashes between soldiers and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria also known as the Shiite sect, in Zaria with scores feared killed the Labour Party (LP), Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) and the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) have called for calm and end to the violence.
Their calls were coming after similar call by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) whose President-General and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, expressed shock and sadness over the incident.
In separate interviews with Daily Trust Thursday in Abuja National Chairmen of LP and PPA Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam and Chief Peter Ameh respectively and the national coordinator of HURIWA Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, were however unanimous in saying that the military have a higher responsibility to protect the lives of Nigerians.
“The incident was saddening and it is the failure of governance, more than baling the victims. The soldiers need more restraints, as they are believed to be on higher ground due to their training and professionalism and should not have succumb to provocation to the extent that many lives would be lost to their reaction,” Abdulsalam said.
Onwubiko on his part said the soldiers do not have the right to take laws into their hands and that they stand blamed for the loss of lives recorded in the incident.
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