Violence mars new term of Nigeria president

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari

from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) WIDESPREAD violence has ushered in the new term of Muhammadu Buhari as president of Nigeria.

His second term comes amid political aggression, some of it by soldiers and police officers.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Buhari should take concrete steps to address the extensive political violence, and to ensure accountability for human rights abuses by soldiers and police as he begins his new term.

“The lack of meaningful progress in addressing the prevalent political violence, as well as lack of accountability for rights abuses, marked Buhari’s first term in office,” said Anietie Ewang, Nigeria researcher at HRW.

The election period included persistent attacks by factions of the insurgent group Boko Haram in the northeast, increased communal violence between nomadic herdsmen (Fulani) and farmers spreading southward from north-central states and a dramatic uptick in banditry, kidnapping, and killings in the northwestern states.

Security forces have failed to respond effectively to threats to people’s lives and security.

“Buhari should put these issues at the front and center of his second term agenda and urgently take concrete steps to improve respect for human rights,” Ewang said.

HRW documented 11 deaths specifically related to violent interference in the election process during the February 23 presidential election and subsequent state elections.

– CAJ News

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