- I expected Buhari to condemn the mindless killings in Zaria
- There must be civilized ways of managing crowds in Nigeria
- The Soldiers must be forced to also pay for damages when the government is sued to instill responsibility and a new mentality
Civil activist Femi Falana commented on the ChannelsTv breakfast show Yesterday morning that he was seriously disappointed that the Nigerian Presidency had thus far failed to condemn the undue massacre of civilians in Zaria.
At least 200 and by some accounts as many as 1000 Shia Muslims were massacred by the Nigerian army under command of Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Buratai on December 12th to 13th.
Femi Falana said that he was happy to see that President Buhari joined the world in condemning the France massacre but has refused to do so to this serious massacre at home.
He explained that the Nigerian Police calls itself a “force,” whereas in other countries it is called a “department.” He explained that the army views civilians as “bloody civilians,” and as such massacres civilians at every opportunity as the colonialist trained them: to terrorize and extort citizens.
He said the same attitude was experienced in Odi massacra, Zaki Biam, in Zaria wiht the Shia and in Igbo states recently during the Radio Biafra protests.
Falana recommended that while the Federal government alone paid compensation when the government loses in court cases and pay damages, the officers must also be charged to pay out of the damages to instill a new mentality and sense of responsibility in the nation’s security agencies.
He further said “Human rights” courses were lacking and must be introduced into Nigerian military schools.
His comments can be listened to at 2:20 minutes on the Video below: