Following a crackdown on Shiite Muslims in Zaria, President Barack Obama of the United States has called on Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to kickstart a probe into the messy clash that occurred between the Nigerian Army and the Islamic Movement.
Speaking through a statement released by its Embassy in Abuja on Wednesday, the United States government explained that it was seriously concerned by the increasing loss of civilian lives and property.
The statement reads:
“The United States is deeply concerned by reports of violent clashes between members of the Nigerian Army and the Shiite group Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Zaria, Kaduna State over the past several days.
“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 fallout from the clash has since attracted international condemnation, with the Iranian government condemning the killing of the Shi’ite sect members by the army.