By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS — Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, yesterday, blamed President Goodluck Jonathan for the killing of 185 people, mostly women and children, in Baga, Borno State, saying the act constituted crimes against humanity. The party urged the International Criminal Court, ICC, to get involved.
ACN said President Jonathan should be held accountable for failing to distinguish between support for security agencies battling the insurgency in the north and the incitement of the same forces against civilians caught in the cross fire.
ACN, in a statement, called on the National Assembly to investigate how troops from foreign countries became part of the Joint Task Force, JTF, now battling the insurgency in northern Nigeria.
In the statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, ACN said the Baga massacre was far beyond the justifiable call for a judicial commission, arguing that it was time for leaders under whose watch the killings were perpetrated be held to account.
According to ACN, those engaged in the killings, including the Boko Haram sect must not get away with the crimes.
ACN said: ‘’Enough is enough. Even in countries at war, innocent citizens are not being daily mowed to death either by insurgents or state forces, as we are experiencing in Nigeria.
“It is clear that the Nigerian government is either unwilling or unable to prosecute these crimes, despite the deceptive assurances by those at the helm, hence the ICC must immediately beam its search-light on the situation in Nigeria.”
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