Nigerian Government Reacts To UN Query On Killings, Biafra, Corruption Among Others


President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has reacted to the United Nations’ query against human rights abuses, handling of El-Zakzaky/Shiites agitation, killings among others, daily post reports.


Amb. Audu Kadiri, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva, led the Federal government’s delegation at the Human Rights Committee review meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.


In a statement released by the office of Amb. Audu Kadiri, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva, on Wednesday, said Boko Haram was an existential threat and there were no “absolute liberties, not anywhere, as one person’s liberty ended where another person’s liberty started”.


On the issues of detention of the Shiites leader, Kadiri stated that there were two jurisdictions and two trials: one at the federal level, the other at the state level and bail was not possible for the latter trial. Kadiri said that he had been granted bail in Abuja and had subsequently faced criminal accusations in a different state where he was now on trial.


The delegation added that those who were willing to repent were being rehabilitated while those not ready to change had to undergo the judicial process.


He explained that there were over one million internally displaced persons in camps due to Boko Haram’s actions, and those responsible had to be tried.


Kadiri noted that the Nigerian Government had established the North-East Development Commission to address comprehensively issues related to internal displacement, by, for instance, helping people resettle and regain their livelihoods.


The delegation said a national treaty depository had been created in the Ministry of Justice so that people could be abreast of conventions and foster compliance on the part of the Government.


The commission had the capacity and resources to fulfill its mandate. Nigeria was a developing country; its resources were limited.


On the use of force by security forces, the delegation pointed out that the Nigerian Constitution allowed that the police use reasonable force when necessary, in accordance with the law.


On the issue in Biafra, the delegation said there had been a clash between demonstrators and the army.


Kadiri said that the federal government had always made it clear that when allegations of abuse arose, an entity would be tasked to examine the matter.


Kadiri while responding to the allegation of sexual violence against internally displaced persons pointed out that the government had received reported about it and had launched an inquiry.