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Amnesty Int’l decries Christmas Eve attacks

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By Abraham Adekunle

Group accuses Tinubu’s government of Failing Plateau communities.

A prominent human rights organization, Amnesty International, strongly criticized the Nigerian government led by President Bola Tinubu for its alleged failure to protect Plateau State communities, following the Christmas Eve attacks that resulted in over 70 casualties and numerous injuries. The organization, in a statement shared on its official X account on December 25, 2023, condemned the government’s inability to address the recurring deadly assaults on rural communities in Plateau State and beyond. Amnesty International’s estimated death toll of over 70 underscores the severity of the attacks.

This is as the organization berates the Nigerian authorities for their apparent inability to curb the escalating violence. The statement emphasized that the failure to protect citizens is becoming alarmingly commonplace, despite President Bola Tinubu’s assurances of implementing security measures in response to such incidents. “The brazen failure of the authorities to protect the people of Nigeria is gradually becoming the ‘norm.’ President Bola Tinubu said he will enact security measures in response to these attacks, but these promises have — so far — proven to be empty,” Amnesty International asserted.

Call for tangible efforts against the assailants.

The human rights organization went beyond mere condemnation, urging President Tinubu’s government to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the Christmas Eve attacks, with a clear directive to bring the perpetrators to justice. The call for action emphasizes the need for tangible efforts beyond verbal assurances. “Nigerian authorities must impartially and effectively investigate these attacks. President Bola Tinubu @officialABAT must do more than merely condemn these horrific attacks. Suspected perpetrators must be promptly brought to justice,” the organization demanded.

According to a media report, the coordinated attacks by armed herdsmen on at least 12 communities across Barkin Ladi and Bokkos council areas resulted in over 112 deaths and 47 injuries. The assailants reportedly made separate entries and carried out brutal attacks on the communities throughout the Christmas Eve period. “The attack started on Saturday evening when the herdsmen made separate entries and started butchering people and continued until midnight on Sunday,” revealed by a security source under anonymity, emphasizing the severity and sustained nature of the assault.

Questions about transparency raised by government actions.

Further, the source also expressed concern over the assailants’ capacity, questioning how they obtained the sophisticated equipment used in the attacks. However, as of the time of reporting, President Bola Tinubu’s government had not issued an official statement addressing the incident. Bayo Onanuga, a media aide to the Tinubu government, was contacted for comment on Amnesty International’s criticisms, but he declined to respond to new correspondents’ inquiry. The lack of an official response from the government adds to the mounting concerns and criticisms from both local and international observers.

Of course, the gravity of the attacks, coupled with the absence of a timely government statement, raises questions about the transparency and effectiveness of the government’s response to such crises. Amnesty International’s condemnation serves as a stark reminder of the urgency required in addressing the security challenges facing Plateau State and the broader Nigerian landscape. The organization’s call for a comprehensive investigation and swift justice underscores the need for tangible actions to prevent future occurrences and restore confidence in the government’s ability to protect its citizens.

Masses anticipates government response after the attacks.

As the situation unfolds, the eyes of both the Nigerian public and the international community remain fixed on President Bola Tinubu’s government, awaiting a meaningful response and concrete measures to address the security lapses that have led to the tragic events on Christmas Eve in Plateau State. The Middle Belt in Nigeria has been ravaged by relentless massacres, with communities in different local council development areas experiencing tragic violence, leaving a trail of devastation and loss.

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2 months ago

Amnesty Int’l decries Christmas Eve attacks.Group accuses Tinubu’s government of Failing Plateau communities. – Express your point of view.

2 months ago

The reported Christmas Eve attacks in Plateau State are deeply distressing. The government’s failure to protect citizens despite promises of security measures is disheartening. There’s a pressing need for immediate and transparent action to investigate the attacks, bring perpetrators to justice, and implement effective strategies to prevent future incidents. The lack of a timely official response raises serious questions about the government’s commitment to addressing security challenges. The hope is for swift and meaningful intervention to restore confidence in the government’s ability to protect its citizens.

2 months ago

The information regarding the Plateau State attacks on Christmas Eve is depressing. It is concerning that the government is unable to protect people in spite of promises of security measures. Investigation of the assaults, prosecution of those guilty, and significant intervention are necessary, and they must be done quickly and transparently in order to rebuild public trust in the government’s capacity to safeguard its citizens.

2 months ago

Holiday Eve attacks are condemned by Amnesty International. – Group claims that Plateau communities are failing under Tinubu’s leadership.Regretfully, Plateau suffered from this kind of evil on Christmas Day. We will find it challenging to act morally as a country until we get it right.worries that people can’t be protected by the government.

Adeoye Adegoke
2 months ago

I’m really sorry to hear about the Christmas Eve attacks and the accusations against Tinubu’s government regarding the failure to protect Plateau communities. It’s disheartening when communities are affected by violence and when governments are unable to ensure the safety and security of their citizens.
The protection of communities and the prevention of violence should always be a top priority for any government. It’s crucial that authorities thoroughly investigate these attacks, hold those responsible accountable, and take proactive measures to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.
Organizations like Amnesty International play a vital role in shedding light on human rights abuses and advocating for justice. Their efforts in raising awareness and holding governments accountable are crucial for promoting peace and safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities.
I hope that the government takes these accusations seriously and works towards implementing effective measures to address the security concerns of the Plateau communities. It’s important for all stakeholders to come together and find sustainable solutions to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone affected.