US, UK sue for peace in Shi’ites, Army showdown

The Governments of United State and the United Kingdom has called for peace and sustainable governance in Kaduna state.

 

The call is contained in separate statements signed by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle and the British High Commissioner, Paul Arkwright

The statements were made available to newsmen in Abuja.

It is coming on the heel of a recent clash between Nigeria Army and members of the Shiite Islamic Group in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Entwistle expressed the US government’s “deep concern over reports of violent clashes in Zaria, Kaduna State”.

“We are dismayed to learn of multiple civilian deaths.

“It is essential that all sides refrain from actions that further destabilise the situation,” he stated.

Also commended the visit of the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau’s trip to Zaria on Wednesday.

Zakzaky

Leader of the Shiite Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim Zakzaky wounded by the Nigerian Army in a bloody recent clash in Zaria, KAduna State

“Speaking as a friend of Nigeria, I am sure Minister Dambazau’s trip to Zaria was the first step in the timely, transparent investigation to which I am sure President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration are committed,” Entwistle stated.

In another statement, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright stated that he was “further concerned at reports that protests in Kaduna have turned violent.”

He noted that Nigeria’s religious and ethnic diversity added 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.

“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,” he added.

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