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Nigeria: Goodluck Jonathan orders probe of Baga massacre

President Goodluck JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan (Photo: thisdaylive.com)
April 24, 2013

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday assured the international community of the commitment of his administration to handle appropriate action against any member of the security agencies found culpable in the Baga massacre.

The Baga massacre which happened over the weekend when men of the Joint Task Force clashed with Boko Haram insurgents in Baga town which is in the Borno state have provoked outrage and attracted condemnation in Nigeria and abroad.

Opposition political parties, civil right groups, the United Nations and the United States have condemned the death of more than 185 people, describing it as unnecessary show of heavy handedness by the security forces.

The military have claimed that lesser people died during the confrontation than the figure reported in the media.

Speaking before he inaugurated the Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North and another Committee on Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons in the Council Chambers of  Aso Rock Presidential Villa on Wednesday, President Goodluck Jonathan charged security agents to always take the citizens into consideration in the course of carrying out the task of bringing peace to any part of the country. He said  the job of ensuring peace should not be accompanied by destruction.

While making specific reference to the Baga incident, President Jonathan noted that “the issue in some parts of Borno today is being investigated and I assure Nigerians and the international community that if errors are made, such people are cautioned and are treated in line with our rules and regulations.”

The President had earlier described the job of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North as an onerous one, adding that “all Nigerians expect you to perform magic. We pray that God will give you the wisdom to do so.”

The President appealed to Nigerians to support the Committee by providing it with information to aid its work.

The Presidential Committee is to constructively engage key members of Boko Haram and define a comprehensive and workable framework for resolving the crisis of insecurity in the country.


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