The Nigerian Federal Government has demonstrated systematic disregard for the right to life of ordinary Biafrans, even as sectarian violence and hate campaigns increase in frequency
•In October 2001, religious riots in Kano, a major northern Nigerian city claimed the lives of over 200 Biafrans and southern Nigerians.Questioned about the riots, Nigerian ruler, President Olusegun Obasanjo responded thus:
–"I don't worry. . . We knew there would be people who would want to express (themselves)."
•General Olusegun Obasanjo, President and Commander-in-Chief, Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999 – Present)
•In contrast, a resident of Kaduna, one of the cities in which hundreds died in Sharia-related riots in 2000, reflected thus:
–"We now live in perpetual fear because of the incidents of terror unleashed by rampaging youths in their battle to ensure Islamic sharia law is in operation in the city.I don't stay out beyond six in the evening.”
•Kate Obosa, Kaduna resident
Source: “Nigerian president says unconcerned by violence”, (October 15, 2001) Reuters; BBC Online (http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/africa/newsid_763000/763818.stm