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Northern activists want Buhari tried over 2011 post-election violence

ABUJA—A GROUP of Northern Pro-democracy activists, the Northern Coalition for Democracy and Justice, NCDJ, has called on government of the United States of America to facilitate the trial of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Candidate, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) for his role in the post-election violence of 2011.

In a letter to United States Secretary of State, Senator John Kerry, which was copied to the US Ambassador to Nigeria, the activists said US assistance is necessary to help Nigeria ensure violence-free elections next month.

Signed by Dr. Ibrahim Baba (Secretary Research and Documentation), Mr. Yunana Shubkau (Publicity Secretary) and Umar Farouk (Secretary General) and dated January 25, the activists said they had dragged Buhari to the International Criminal Court (ICC) but needed U.S support to get Buhari appear before the court.

Entitled: “The role of General Muhammadu Buhari in the 2011 post election violence in Nigeria,” the letter read in part: “Conducts of political actors particularly statements credited to General Buhari and others in the year 2012, 2013 and 2014 during the build up to the 2015 elections is in the context of politically motivated sectarian violence. And a threat to the conduct of peaceful, free, fair and transparent elections in Nigeria.”

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