Army/Shi’ite clash: Buhari assures on human rights

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has assured international and local human rights groups of appropriate response to the report of the judicial commission of inquiry into the clashes between soldiers and members of the Shiite movement in Nigeria, led by Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, in Abuja, on Tuesday, said the President was studying the details of the report before announcing appropriate response in due course.

The statement added that the President’s commitment to human rights remains unchanged, being a cardinal component of the democratic order.

It recalled that when the clashes occurred in December, President Buhari had told the nation during the Presidential Media Chat that he was awaiting the outcome of the report of inquiry into the incident before making appropriate response.

The statement further said: “The present administration believes in due process and the rule of law; therefore any response to the report would follow this principle.

“The Federal Government will continue to act in the larger interest of the public to prevent such violent incidents.”