Kaduna, 25 June, 2022 / 6:00 pm (ACI Africa).
There is need for the government of Nigeria to address the violence in the country in a “far more proactive” manner, including holding those behind the attacks to account, the UK-based human rights foundation, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), has said.
In a Tuesday, June 21 report, CSW Founder President faults authorities at State and Federal levels in the West African nation for lacking the urgency in making and enacting effective responses which need to “prioritize the protection of vulnerable citizens, including religious leaders and congregations.”
“We appeal to the Nigerian government to become far more proactive in addressing this violence, holding those responsible to account, and ensuring that the armed forces are sufficiently resourced to combat the threats posed by these and other armed non-state actors,” Mervyn Thomas is quoted as saying.
Mr. Mervyn adds, “The international community must also become far more proactive in ensuring that the Nigerian authorities receive sufficient assistance to bring an end to this horrific violence by non-state actors who pose an existential threat to this strategically important nation.”
He goes on to appeal to the international community to hold the federal government of Nigeria “to account wherever and whenever it fails to protect all of its citizens equally and effectively.”