November 27, 2020

African Union condemns the killing of protesters in Nigeria

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Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has denounced the killing of unarmed protesters in Nigeria.

In a statement, the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has denounced the killing of unarmed protesters in Lagos Nigeria.

Amnesty International said at least 12 people were killed, by the military, in the violence.

Moussa Faki Mahamat offered the AU’s condolences to families of those who lost loved ones and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

Eyewitnesses reported the Nigerian military shot directly at protesters in Lagos, on Tuesday after a curfew was decared by the state Governor

Calls for dialogue

The Chairperson of the AU has appealed to

all political and social actors to reject the use of violence and respect human rights and the rule of law

He further urged all parties

to privilege dialogue in order to de-escalate the situation and find concrete and durable reforms

Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland also condemned the killings in Nigeria describing the violence on unarmed demonstrators as cowardly.

Nigerian Authorities say soldiers had no instructions to shoot

Nigeria’s Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, visited injured demonstrators in hospital. He promised justice for those killed or wounded.

Nigerian Police Minister, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, told the BBC that soldiers were not instructed to shoot at protesters.

The question of who gave the Military orders to shoot at unarmed peacefull protesters, remains a mystery

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