The activities of President Muhammadu Buhari’s dictatorship have been recognized by the UK Parliament to imply support for ongoing terrorist and bandit attacks on persons and communities.
The news comes only weeks after Mr Buhari openly backed Isa Pantami, his communications minister, who made headlines after his violent sermons and support for Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other extremist organisations were exposed online.
Mr. Pantami’s harmful beliefs were excused by Mr. Buhari as originating from a place of ignorance, despite the fact that the minister was in his mid-30s and early 40s when he made the remarks.
The president urged Mr Pantami to stay in his job, saying without evidence that he had changed his mind about his previous ideas and romantic relationship with terrorism.
On July 26, the lawmakers submitted a letter of protest to Dominic Raab, the UK foreign secretary.
Caroline Cox, Rowan Williams, and David Alton, members of the House of Lords, the upper chamber of parliament, signed the letter. The letter was also signed by Mervyn Thomas of Christian Solidarity Worldwide and Ayo Adedoyin of Peace & Social Justice (PSJ-UK).
They voiced concern, citing the shooting down of a Nigerian Air Force fighter plane by bandits, that the country was now in the hands of non-state actors who might unleash terror at will, particularly in the North-East and North-West.
Bandits opened fire on a plane returning to base from an operation on the Zamfara-Kaduna border earlier this month, causing it to crash.
“Nigerian citizens are currently at the mercy of non-state actors who have been allowed to evolve and now have the capacity to shoot down a fighter jet, as has recently occurred in Kaduna,” said the letter.
In April, the Peoples Gazette claimed that Boko Haram insurgents had taken control of the Shiroro local government region, imposing VAT and income tax on citizens.
Insurgents have also displaced numerous communities around Munya and Shiroro, according to Governor Abubakar Bello, who added that the militants had planted their flag in Kauri.
The UK parliament also decried the regime’s continued contempt for human rights, recalling how soldiers opened fire on #EndSARS protestors who were protesting against police officers’ unlawful deaths. Several people were killed in Lagos as a result of the protests, notably at the Lekki toll gate shortly after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu declared a curfew.
The Nigerian Army initially denied being at the toll gate, claiming that recordings and images from the scene had been “doctored,” but then acknowledged their presence and claimed that rounds were fired into the air to enforce a curfew.
While critics of President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime and the US government condemned the attack on unarmed protestors and asked for the soldiers implicated in the killing to be prosecuted, the government has yet to bring anybody to justice. The parliament objected to this.
“There are now widespread concerns that human rights violations take place with a degree of official complicity and that the Nigerian government only occasionally investigates or prosecutes those responsible for such crimes,” the lawmakers said.