Wednesday December 13, 2017

Obasanjo promised to publish AU commission of equiry report “as soon as possible”

PAGAK – General Olusegun Obasanjo, the former Nigerian president and current chairman of the African Union commission of enquiry on South Sudan conflict has promised that the pending report on the atrocities committed in the South Sudan will eventually be released very soon.
Sitting down with Philip Gual in Pagak last week, Obasanjo said that it was no more in his power to publish the report but that of African Union commission.

“I have done my part. We have given the report to the AU and advised them that the report needed to be availed as soon as possible so that all the victims in the conflict realise that there are people working for them. I have spoken to Dr Machar and his interest is the same like me that the report must be published. I believe that as soon as possible, the report will be published through the order of the African Union” Obasanjo told The Upper Nile Times.

There has been behind the scene effort to make the commission report available but the AU chairperson Dr Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma blocked every effort to publish the report. She has been advising that peace be given a chance first before any investigation of atrocities. an assertion the government in Juba has been advising. But the SPLM leadership headed by Dr Riek Machar wants the report to be published as soon as possible.

“Machar’s standpoint is like mine. I dont want this report to be shelved. what will it bring to the victims of the massacre if this is shelved? nothing. if we want to be fair in Africa and help bring justice to our people, we must take hard stands. The crisis in south sudan is unimaginable for a country that has been independent less than 6 years ago. I have seen atrocities and report of killings when i went to Juba and i think its unacceptable to just be quiet about them.” Obasanjo said.



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