Global rights group, Amnesty International has urged the incoming administration of President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the atrocities committed by the Boko Haram terror group.
Managing Director of Government Relations at Amnesty International, Adotei Akwei said: “With a new President recently elected, the Nigerian government must fulfill its obligation to safeguard civilians and to fully investigate crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by Boko Haram and by the Nigerian military”.
Akwei’s sentiments follow the organisation commemorating a year into the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by the Boko Haram in Chibok in the Borno State.
In the United States, Akwei said Amnesty International and other groups were engaged in activities to make sure that neither the girls abducted from Chibok nor the hundreds of others kidnapped from other villages are forgotten.
“We are working together to try to shape U.S. policy toward Nigeria to more effectively address human rights issues in the country,” said Akwei.
The official noted that Boko Haram continued to terrorise the people of Nigeria through killings, bombings, abductions and looting.
“They have pillaged villages and attacked churches, mosques, schools and homes. They’ve greatly damaged health, education and other public services in northeastern Nigeria.”
More than 13 000 civilians have been killed and over 1.5 million displaced because of the Boko Haram insurgency, which has spilled to neighbouring countries.

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