Treat Gbagbo fairly, Nigeria urges

2011-04-12 13:44

Lagos - Nigeria's foreign minister on Tuesday urged a fair treatment of Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo following his "surrender".

"Unfortunately, I am still not privy to the precise circumstances of Mr Gbagbo's surrender yesterday and the images flashed across our TV screens," Odein Ajumogobia told AFP.

"I do hope, and we in Nigeria and Ecowas will strongly urge, that he be treated fairly with respect and dignity. Fortunately, President Ouattara has assured us of this."

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is the current chairperson of West African bloc Ecowas, which repeatedly called on the Ivory Coast strongman to step down in favour of his internationally recognised rival Alassane Ouattara.

Gbagbo was detained on Monday by pro-Ouattara forces and taken to his rival's temporary hotel headquarters, where he was being guarded by the UN police amid fears of reprisals or summary justice.

Troops from France and from the UN peacekeeping force had been pounding Gbagbo's forces since Sunday in a bid to destroy the heavy weapons they were reportedly using against civilians.

France said its military had taken part in the weekend raids at the UN chief's request, and firmly denied reports its special forces had entered the Gbagbo compound or taken a direct role in his arrest.

Ajumogobia said he "would not want to speculate as to the precise circumstances of the involvement of French forces in Mr Gbagbo's surrender".

"Certainly their engagement was contemplated in United Nations Security Council resolution 1975 in support of an expanded Unoci mandate," he said, referring to the UN peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast.

"Secondly, they were presumably entitled to have engaged at the request of the recognised President Ouattara. But as I said, I am going into the realms of speculation."

The UN Security Council resolution passed in March authorised the United Nations peacekeeping force to prevent the use of heavy weapons against civilians. Nigeria proposed the resolution along with France.

  • DW - 2011-04-12 13:49

    Treat him with the same amount of dignity and respect that he treated his people with.

      IandI - 2011-04-12 14:51

      Firing squad. That should do it.

  • paulf - 2011-04-12 13:51

    Show no Mercy, he must be tried in the Haig for War Crimes.

      daboss247365 - 2011-04-12 14:18

      he must be tried in the what?

  • OB1 - 2011-04-12 14:20

    Amazing how vocal they are in this regard, but you don't hear a peep from them regarding Gaddaffi's or Mugabe's or, or, or ....genocidal tendancies.

  • isaac combar - 2011-04-12 14:24

    After seeng some pictures of Mr and Mrs Gbagbo's arrest,it is sad the the man who has rulled Ivory Coast wa treated like an animal.Let symapthy be given to his madame and son. Gbabbo himsel should be trie At the ICC

  • isaac combar - 2011-04-12 14:25

    After seeng some pictures of Mr and Mrs Gbagbo's arrest,it is sad the the man who has rulled Ivory Coast wa treated like an animal.Let symapthy be given to his madame and son. Gbabbo himsel should be trie At the ICC

      OB1 - 2011-04-12 14:37

      what, you mean the way he treated his own people?

  • onetickie - 2011-04-12 14:39

    Ag shame! treat him well - put him back into power???

  • yufanyi - 2011-04-12 14:42

    DW u have no sense of politics when you look at President Gbagbo,don't you see he was beating or attacked by some evil men,does a man who has been president look frighten like he was,even saddam wasn't in fear and the wife finding difficulties to recover,only God knows what french forces did to capture them.

      OB1 - 2011-04-12 14:54

      ag shame, poor murdering dictator got man-handled a bit did he?

  • croix - 2011-04-12 14:48

    Fairness - only if Gbagbo treated opposition and civilians with the same "respect" and "dignity", which is highly doubtful. Not so 'STRONG' now, hey?

  • joylenebridgette.malenga - 2011-04-12 16:37

    the speculating foreign minister must speculate on how gbagbo treated his people before he issues speculative statements for the sake of saying something!! a firing squad is too kind for gbagbo and his wife who enjoyed the wealth! shut up nigeria and let this ruthless inhumane chap get "summary justice"!

      penada - 2011-04-12 16:43

      and how did outtarra treat the civillians in this french funded skirmish, may i ask?

  • blue93 - 2011-04-14 11:27

    How can any authentic African believe that Laurent Gbagbo is a dictator as it's said in the western media ? After just 18 months in power, Outtara and his western masters try to overthrown him ,in 2002. The french governement never liked Laurent Gbagbo because he's not the usual docile African "président" they like.How can any African support this neocolonialism in an African country ? Many French(the most hypocritical people in the entire world) hate Africans.It's the only European country who still has colonies in the 21 th century ! The French army bombed for several days the presidential palace of an African country(and other places like military barracks,a supermarket ect) and you people think this is right ? Can you imagine an African country bombing the "white house" or "l'Elysée"(France) ?! Don't you people remember how they felt like after 9/11 ? This was not different from 9/11.The french army killed thousands of people with these bombing.Many civilians were killed and military people with their families too. Unfortunately they're using tribalism in Africa to divide and conquer.Ouattara's followers don't know that not only this french government is racist against black people but they also dislike muslims.And they happen to be both ! Laurent Gbagbo is being diabolized by these people on purpose.I grew up in France i know how wicked they can be. i'm not from Côte d'Ivoire.I'm just being objective.Africans, never trust what they say to you! Look by yourselves.

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