Tuesday 29 July 2014

The United States government said that the Federal Government of Nigeria has failed in its fight against terrorism, Washington, DC.

Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan (left), American Presiden, Barrack Obama (right)
In the US International Religious Report for 2013, released on 28 July, secretary of state John F. Kerry strongly criticized the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration for being too slow to prevent and react to the communal or religious-based violence. Also one of the reasons for such connivance in the country was named poorly equipped and trained security forces responsible for suppression of extremist groups in the north.
Here’s only a small part of claims made to the federal government:

1) The government also failed to protect victims of violent attacks targeted because of their religious beliefs or for other reasons.
2) Legal proceedings against five police officers charged in 2011 with the extrajudicial killing of Boko Haram leader Mohammed Yusuf did not resume during the year.
3) There were no indictments or prosecutions following three fatal attacks on high-profile Muslim leaders in late 2012. 
4) Local and state authorities did not deliver adequate protection or post-attack relief to rural communities in the northeast, where Boko Haram killed villagers and burned churches throughout the year.
5) There is discrimination and a systematic lack of protection by state governments, especially in central Nigeria.
6) Federal, state, and local authorities did not effectively address underlying political, ethnic, and religious grievances leading to this violence.
"In Nigeria, casualties and human rights abuses associated with Boko Haram attacks and the government’s response escalated. Boko Haram killed more than 1,000 people during the year. The group targeted a wide array of civilians and sites, including Christian and Muslim religious leaders, churches, and mosques, often killing worshippers during religious services or immediately afterward. The federal government was ineffective in preventing or quelling the violence, only occasionally investigated, prosecuted, or punished those responsible for abuses related to religious freedom, and sometimes responded to violence with heavy-handed tactics, which were associated with both human rights abuses and civilian casualties. Over 10,000 people have fled to neighboring countries as refugees, fearing both Boko Haram and sometimes the military.

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