- The Kaduna state governor and the Nigerian army on Tuesday, December 6, received accolades over the new white paper report on Shiite members
- A civil society organization congratulated the Nigerian army for their exoneration by the report by the Kaduna state judicial commission of inquiry
- The organization also called on the federal government to implement the white paper report within its purview
The Nigerian army and the Kaduna state governor Nasir el-Rufai have received accolade over the white paper report on Zaria clashes.
A civil society organization, Good governance initiative (GGI) on Tuesday, December 6, congratulated the Nigerian army for their exoneration by the report by the Kaduna state judicial commission of inquiry.
The CSO in a statement signed by its coordinator Uche Madu-John said Nigerians never doubted that the Nigerian army operated within its required rules of engagement.
Madu-John also said the organization will continue to support the army in its quest to protect law abiding citizens from any form of aggressor.
Madu-John also urged the Nigerian government to immediately issue a directive for all security and military services to treat the IMN as a terror group while anyone caught committing a crime in its name must be tried under the relevant anti-terror legislations.
"We laud the exoneration of the Nigerian army, which was cleared of any wrongdoing as an institution and we see this as the removal of obstacles that terrorist sponsors had tried to place in the way of the army to reduce its ability to protect Nigerians,” Madu-John said.
"The White Paper has laid to rest the true nature and status of IMN as an insurgent group whose members bear arms and had refused to evacuate Gyallesu area of Zaria, Kaduna state ahead of the referenced military operation in the report.
"We hope that those that have been mounting propaganda on behalf of IMN, including international contractors like Amnesty International, would now accept the position stated in the document that the Nigerian army abided by its Rules of Engagement in dealing with the terrorist organisation,” he said
Madu-John called on all judicial officers to familiarise themselves with new document especially since more IMN members could soon be charged to court over their role in alleged insurgent activities in Kaduna state.
"GGI urges the Federal Government to immediately implement the aspect of the White Paper that fall within its purview to ensure that the menace of the IMN and any other groups they may mutate into can be holistically dealt with,” Madu-John said.
Meanwhile, following court order on the release of the leader of IMN Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the Kaduna state government on Monday, December 5, labelled the Shiites as a terrorist group.
The state government further declared as illegal, any activities carried out by the group or its members in the state.