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by, infobae America
The kidnapping of 200 Nigerian girls by the extremist group Boko Haram a year ago could have a sad ending.
Tuesday, the head of the UN Human Rights Commission, Raad Zeid al Hussein, stated that the militia fighters [Boko Haram] murdered the people who were captives, including women and girls who were taken as “wives” in their initial advance.
According to senior UN officials, various reports arrived in Geneva stating that “..the recent recovery of territory in northeastern Nigeria has brought to light a macabre of scenes of mass graves and more obvious signs of killings by Boko Haram..”
These reports include “..the murder of the wives of combatants, women and girls actually held in slavery..” he said, without elaborating.
“The use of children by Boko Haram as expendable cannon meat and human bombs could, if confirmed, constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity,” the official added.
In addition, Zeid also said there are “persistent and credible reports” of serious violations by the Nigerian security forces and other countries in their fight against Boko Haram and called for a “complete and fully transparent investigation.”
After being chosen in a worldwide greeted elections, the new president of Nigeria, retired General Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday pledged to “rid the nation of terror” of the Islamist group.
The president-elect warned that Boko Haram would be defeated, following six years of growing influence of the group in the Northeast.
“..BOKO HARAM WILL SOON REALIZE THE STRENGTH OF OUR WILL AND OUR COMMITMENT TO RID THIS NATION OF TERROR AND BRING BACK PEACE..”
” I assure you that Boko Haram will soon realize the strength of our collective will and commitment to rid this nation of terror and bring back peace,” Buhari said in the capital of Abuja.
Radical Islamists have terrorized northern Nigeria besides attacking villages in neighboring countries, causing the nations of the region, including Chad and Niger to form a joint force to combat them.
Zeid said he is “deeply concerned about the increasing ethnic and sectarian dimensions of the conflict.”
The original leader of Boko Haram belonged to the Kanuri ethnic group and the human rights office of the UN received reports that “indicate that the Kanuri are now considered suspects by military personnel” resulting in arbitrary arrests and abuse, Zeid said.
Boko Haram, meanwhile, has begun to attack the Arab shuwa Nigerians “apparently in retaliation for what is perceived as supporting the Nigerian armed forces,” he said.
“Therefore, there is a risk of escalating ethnic and religious violence,” Zeid said. “This can only be restrained by a leader with principles, clear instructions to military personnel and with appropriate responsibility.”