The shooting of 16 Nigerian travelers in Burkina Faso has been condemned as unjustified, cruel, and illegal by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM).
The NiDCOM chair urged the Burkinabe authorities to find the offenders and bring charges against them.
It was a deplorable and inhumane conduct, according to Ms. Dabiri-Erewa, who reaffirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s intention to ensure “due consequence” through diplomacy to those responsible for the cruel atrocity.
The head of NIDCOM expressed sympathy to the bereaved families and friends and prayed for the wellbeing of other Nigerians who are still trapped in the nation.
She prayed, “May Allah welcome those who were unjustly slaughtered into His martyrs, especially because they were on a spiritual pilgrimage, and hasten the healing of the wounded survivors.”
The statement claims that Burkinabe soldiers on patrol shot and murdered a number of Muslim pilgrims, including 16 Nigerians.
The Jam’iyyatu Ansariddeen Attijaniyya of Nigeria announced at a news conference on Sunday in Abuja that 16 of its members had been killed by Burkinabe soldiers.
They were supposedly assassinated while traveling to Sheikhul-Islam Ibrahim Niasse’s native Senegal, who was their commander.
The Ansariddeen members were “randomly selected and cold-bloodedly shot to death in a most horrifying display of bestiality,” according to Sayyidi Yahaya, the national secretary of the Islamic organization, after being stopped by the Burkinabe army.