The high casualty figure arising from the Nigerian soldiers handling of the Shiite protests has put the human rights record of the Nigerian government under scrutiny amongst rights groups.
No life should be taken without lawful and justifiable reason. Viral videos show fleeing Shiites being shot at; even after they had been dispersed, they were still pursued by gun wielding officers and killed in cold blood. The high handedness is very horrific and shows a clear disdain for the sanctity of life, and therefore unacceptable. The use of deadly force to quell protests by people accused of throwing stones and pellets at soldiers are disproportionate and unjustifiable. I lived in this country where a sitting president and his entourage were pelted with stones and other objects by northern youths yet his security details showed restraint.