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Published Jun 30, 2018

The ongoing crisis in Nigeria which started as clashes between Fulani herdsmen and local farmers calls for urgent attention and action by the government and international community. Most recently, over 100 people  have been confirmed dead after an attack by suspected killer herdsmen on the 25th of June 2018 in Jos, Plateau State. This has been followed by retaliation by locals leading to more violence.

More recently, suspected killer herdsmen have been clashing with local farmers, and the conflicts are increasing in frequency and severity, including more than 1200 killed in 2014. The biggest factor for this change is the increase in droughts and desertification leading to competition over agricultural land. This is creating a huge disturbance in the region preventing students from attending school and increasing the poverty rate.

When there are attacks in the Western world, the outcry is immediate and severe, leading to public support and in some cases legislative change such as the immigrant detention crisis in the United States currently. Take this action to give the same level of awareness for these attacks in Nigeria so that necessary actions are taken to stabilize this region.

Call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to conduct an urgent impartial and independent investigation in Nigeria, so that all those responsible for this continuous onslaught will be brought to justice as soon as possible.

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United Nations: Investigate The Killings In Nigeria

Recalling that, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations has proclaimed that "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”. We are calling on the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to exercise its authority of investigating human rights abuse to conduct an impartial and independent investigation into the alleged continuous killings by suspected killer herdsmen in Nigeria.

Most recently, over 100 people were killed in a fresh attack on the 25th of June 2018 in Jos, Plateau State. This has been followed by retaliation by locals leading to more violence. This has been ongoing for years and the scale is increasing because of lack of appropriate government’s response. Thousands of children have become orphans and at risk of never attending school again. Despite citizens’ outcry followed by peaceful protests, there has been no stopping to these killings, especially in the middle belt.

This petition signed by concerned citizens is to call on the United Nations to take urgent actions that will support the government of Nigeria in dealing with this situation such as conducting an independent and impartial investigation into the crisis so as to offer a sustainable solution to the crisis.

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