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A picture taken on April 26, 2016 shows members of Kaduna state Judicial Commission of Inquiry standing at the demolished Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) cemetery, Dambo outskirts of northern Nigerian city of Zaria, on April 26, 2016. (AFP)
A picture taken on April 26, 2016 shows members of Kaduna state Judicial Commission of Inquiry standing at the demolished Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) cemetery, Dambo outskirts of northern Nigerian city of Zaria, on April 26, 2016. (AFP)
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It was one of the darkest days in Nigeria's recent history and for the most populous country in Africa, the violent killing of hundreds of Nigerian Shias has cast a long shadow.

The man in the dark is President Muhammadu Buhari – the former military strongman. Now a long-awaited report into the Zaria massacre has concluded that the 'army used excessive force' when it confronted peaceful demonstrators and is calling on the military to root out the offenders with a view to prosecution. Just how will Nigeria react and what will it say about its commitment to human rights to the rest of the world?

The judicial report confirming the deaths of 349 Shia Muslims in the city of Zaria in northern Nigeria last year was the consequence of the Nigerian Army having used excessive force. The army has always denied wrongdoing but says they are studying the report. With the condition of Shia leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky still unclear as he remains detained, the issue has been raised at the highest level. With the spotlight firmly on Nigeria, what will be the country’s next move?