US, UK Want Buhari To Probe Shiite/Army Clash

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The United States and the United
Kingdom have expressed their concern over the recent clash between the Nigerian
Army and Muslim Shiites in Zaria, Kaduna. 
The two countries called on President
Buhari not to fold his hands but probe the incident.
“While many details of the
incidents that reportedly began on December 12 remain unclear, we are dismayed
to learn of multiple civilian deaths.  It
is essential that all sides refrain from actions that further destabilize the
situation.
“The United States calls on the
Government of Nigeria to quickly, credibly, and transparently investigate these
events in Zaria and hold to account any individuals found to have committed crimes,”
the US embassy said in a statement Wednesday.

“Like many across Nigeria, I am
following with concern the reports of violence in Zaria over the weekend
between the Nigerian security forces and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.  I am further concerned at reports that
protests in Kaduna have turned violent.
“Nigeria’s religious and ethnic
diversity adds a great deal to this country’s rich culture.  It is important, therefore, that Nigerians of
all faiths are allowed to assemble and worship freely.
“In addition, I call on the
security forces to conduct their operations within the rule of law, and for
demonstrators to ensure any protests are peaceful and equally act within the
law,” the British High Commissioner, Paul Arkwright also said in a statement.

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