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Ban Voices Alarm At Deadly Sectarian Clashes In Northern Nigeria Watch

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    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his concern over reports of another round of sectarian violence in northern Nigeria, which has apparently led to scores of deaths.

    Mr. Ban “condemns the unnecessary loss of human life and the destruction of property as a result of militant attacks,” his spokesperson Farhan Haq told journalists in response to a question. “He hopes that those behind the attacks would be identified and brought to justice in accordance with the law.”

    Media reports say at least 100 people have been killed since Sunday as a result of the clashes, which have pitted local Muslims against police forces.

    Mr. Ban offered his condolences to the people of Nigeria and to the families of those who were killed or wounded during the violence.

    “The Secretary-General calls upon the Government of Nigeria, law enforcement and security agencies, as well as religious and community leaders, to work together to address the underlying causes of the frequent religious clashes in Nigeria so that a resolution could be found through dialogue, tolerance and understanding.”

    Deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians in the Nigerian city of Jos last November killed several hundred people and displaced thousands of others, sparking a similar statement of concern from Mr. Ban.
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    Nigeria is also concerned about the reports; we believe that we have handled the situation. Our hearts goes out to the family of the dead.
    This is the sort of reason why there is Islamophobia in the world; they want the Sharia law imposed across our nation and are willing to go to such extreme lengths to do so.

    Nigeria condemns the islamists for breaking the peace, and we will not look kindly to them.

    And, excuse me, most of the country is in peace, there is no "frequent" religious clashes as Mr. Ban said. Most of us live in peace, you forget that there is an even split between the two religions and we have lived since with each other since the English came to our nation. However the problem is in the north, which is mostly lslam. They want something we will not give them, and so, they attack Christians. The only way we can think to stop them, is to use the full force of the military to lessen their numbers. Dialogue does not work against Islam extremists.
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    The Secretary General intended no offence ([OOC]Just copied the article from UN News [/OOC] and was merely concerned with assisting the government of Nigeria with keeping the peace, perhaps via a Resolution.
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    The Republic of Turkey shares the concerns of The Secretary General and Nigeria. However, this delegate is strongly opposed to the use of violence to exterminate the Islam Extremists. While The Republic of Turkey does condemn their violent actions, it feels that a peaceful solution is key, otherwise these extremists will have more reason to be destructive. Also, these Islamists are citizens of Nigeria, and therefore they should be treated and respected similarly to Nigerians of other religions (e.g. Christianity). The Republic of Turkey would like to know the reason that triggered the violence. Surely it wasn't just due to their religious backgrounds? There must be something that we are missing; a factor we aren't taking into account.
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    (Original post by Mrgd291190)
    The Secretary General intended no offence ([OOC]Just copied the article from UN News [/OOC] and was merely concerned with assisting the government of Nigeria with keeping the peace, perhaps via a Resolution.
    [ooc] I know, but I wanted to add some spice to it :P [/ooc]
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    Representative of Turkey, these extremists have broken the peace, they are causing harm. We know what they want, and we will not give it to them. The Sharia law is imposed mostly across northern Nigeria, because the population there is majority Islam. However, they want it all across Nigeria. Dialogue will not work in this situation, also they killed Christians to make their stand this is an act that is unforgivable. You forget, our president is a Muslim and also comes from the north.
    There is no other factor, although you can link these recent clashes with the clashes earlier this year when a Christian party was locally elected in a city whereby the majority practice Islam. Extremists where angered and attacked Christians, burnt down churches etc..
    It is a real shame as in the south, people live peacefully with each other.
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    (Original post by jakemittle)
    [ooc] I know, but I wanted to add some spice to it :P [/ooc]

    [OOC]That's ok then, was worried I'd managed to offend you

    I don't really know the Nigerian gov.s opinion, would they want or accept a peackeeper/police force?[/OOC]
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    (Original post by Mrgd291190)
    [OOC]That's ok then, was worried I'd managed to offend you

    I don't really know the Nigerian gov.s opinion, would they want or accept a peackeeper/police force?[/OOC]

    [ooc] Hahaha, na, that wouldnt offend me :P Ooo Didnt you hear?..they sent forces in to do a spring clean of the place :P..the leader was found dead yesterday, and the Islamic extremists are fleeing from the city etc...now the place is covered with troops[/ooc]
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    Cyprus hopes that the internal conflicts in Nigeria can be resolved peacefully and without large-scale loss of life.
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    The World Bank hopes that these clashes will not affect the long-term socioeconomic development of the Nigerian people.
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    Latest Update on the Humanitarian part of the crisis.

    (Original post by UN News Agency)
    UN RIGHTS CHIEF CONCERNED OVER CIVILIAN DEATHS IN NIGERIAN CLASHES

    The top United Nations human rights official today expressed deep concern over sectarian clashes in northern Nigeria, especially over reports of civilians killed during the fighting between a local Muslim sect and Government troops.

    According to media reports, more than 800 people have been killed since the Boko Haram sect began an uprising last week.

    In a statement issued in Geneva, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also pointed to wide-scale arrests and detentions, as well as people forced to take shelter in barracks for safety, as sources of concern.

    “The High Commissioner recognizes that the Government faced a major crisis, with fighting taking place in the heart of the state capitals,” it said. “She hopes, however, that the Government makes every effort to achieve security with full adherence to legality and respect for human rights.”

    Ms. Pillay also underscored the need to ensure that all possible measures are taken to prevent unlawful killings, arbitrary arrest and detention, calling on the Nigerian Government to investigate all incidents and bring offenders to justice.

    “The High Commissioner extends her deepest sympathy to the families of the victims and to the wounded,” said the statement, issued by the spokesperson of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

    Last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned “the unnecessary loss of human life and the destruction of property as a result of militant attacks.” UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told journalists that Mr. Ban hopes that those behind the attacks “would be identified and brought to justice in accordance with the law.”

    Mr. Ban called on the Government, law enforcement, security agencies, and religious and community leaders to coordinate efforts to address “the underlying causes of the frequent religious clashes in Nigeria so that a resolution could be found through dialogue, tolerance and understanding.”

    Deadly fighting between Muslims and Christians in the Nigerian city of Jos last November killed several hundred people and displaced thousands of others, sparking a similar statement of concern from the Secretary-General.
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    Having had some violent race related clashes in the past as well, Mauritius understands the worry by it's people and those of other nations, and hope's it is resolved soon.
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    (Original post by Mrgd291190)
    Latest Update on the Humanitarian part of the crisis.
    Nigeria thanks the UN for its concern and wants to assure the UN that we are dealing with the situation with positive results so far.
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    The Republic of South Africa is concerned about these reports and pledges to help it's fellow African nation in this troubling time.
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    (Original post by History-Boy)
    The Republic of South Africa is concerned about these reports and pledges to help it's fellow African nation in this troubling time.
    The Republic of Congo will also send aid, to help create stability.
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    This is a most concerning situation and The Kingdom of The Nethelands hopes for peace in the region.
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    The Republic of Liberia sends out condolences to Nigeria and condemns the Islamist Extremists for their actions. The Republic of Liberia also wishes to send aid, however, we fear that it could ultimately lead to (more) instability in Western Africa, as noted during the various civil wars throughout the region.
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    Perhaps an African and Islamic force can be create to oversee the situation, not necessarily fully peacekeeping, with Liberia offering aid and advice?
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    Nigeria thanks the offers of aid. However, we do not need aid. Nigeria is quite capable of handling this situation as we have enough resources.

    Mr.SG, a African/Islamic force will not be needed.
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    (Original post by jakemittle)
    Nigeria thanks the offers of aid. However, we do not need aid. Nigeria is quite capable of handling this situation as we have enough resources.

    Mr.SG, a African/Islamic force will not be needed.
    The Republic of Liberia would like to emphasize that things can quickly get out of hand, and perhaps it is best to prevent things from progressing before it is too late.
 
 
 
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