No Regrets Over Zaria Massacre – Nigerian Army

No Regrets Over Zaria Massacre – Nigerian Army

By Ephraim Adiele | Associate Editor on January 7, 2016
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President Muhammadu Buhari (l) decorating the chief of Army staff, Major General Tukur Buratai with his new rank of Lieutenant General in the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock on Thursday, August 13, 2015 | NAN

The Nigerian Army has said it had not regrets over events which led to the killing of dozens of Shi’ite members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Zaria area of Kaduna State.

Making the assertion while speaking to newsmen on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 was the General Officer Commanding, One Mechanised Division, Kaduna, Maj. Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade who stated that the sect members had attempted to kill the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

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While condemning the sect members for the actions, Oyebade likened the attempt on Buratai’s life was tantamount to an attempt on a sitting President.

He said: “The so-called clash was avoidable, the Nigerian Army has no issue with the Shi’ites. They are like any sect in the land but as long as they obey the law of the land, there won’t be any problem.

“But if any group choose to challenge the authority of the land, it means they do not value the sanctity of life and the constitution of Nigeria.

“We have problem with those who choose to challenge the authority of the state and create a state within a state, who do not recognise the laws of the land. An attempt on COAS is akin to an attempt on a sitting President. So, in the cause of doing our work we make no apology to any group.”

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