Photo: President Obama speaks and President Buhari listens
President of Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo says the Zaria Massacre in Northern Nigeria is a legitimate platform on which the international community can launch a vigorous investigation into crimes against humanity.
“It is far from an internal affair.
“To retain its moral authority, the international community must act, without waiting to be persuaded.
“Quiet diplomacy will not be an option. It will be a less productive deterrence to do so.”
“The massacre is not civilized. It is evil,” he said.
He said: “If in a democratic society, the president would have resigned. So, Nigeria is not one.
“In the absence of democracy, and an imperiled judiciary, I urge U.S. President Obama, the United States Congress, European Parliament, and all people of good conscience to stand with the innocent and powerless in Zaria.”
“The conduct of the Buhari regime is inflaming terrorism amidst anarchy in Northern Nigeria. As the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces, the principle of precarious liability applies to Buhari.
“While, Northern Nigeria can be awakened to self-rule in order to the address endless anarchy, and stop the spread of senseless religious fanaticism,” Diigbo said.
According to him: “I gathered that 500 to 1,000 have been killed; husbands, wives, children, and their relatives wiped out.
“We need accurate figures.
“But, what was the calculation for the regime to declare war after the incident of confrontation on the road?
“I understand the killing went on from Saturday, December 12, 2015 to Tuesday, December 15.
“All victims unarmed.
“All of them belonging to a Shia Muslim group led by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.”
“Nigeria is perilously lacking in security because of abuse of power.
“It has been, and now, continually worsening.
“The Zaria Massacre is grave, but, a symptom of Nigeria’s age-long breakdown,” Diigbo concluded.
Public Affairs Assistant to OCIA President