The Presidency on Friday alleges that the judiciary, not President Muhammadu Buhari was responsible for the incarceration of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
According to the Presidency, no matter the protests by the group, Buhari would not interfere in a judicial process by releasing El-Zakzaky.
It is however funny to know that the President who allegedly interfered in the judicial process of Senator Danjuma Goje who was accused of N5billion corruption could not interfere in El-Zakzaky’s case which is currently causing unrest in Abuja, the capital city.
Naija Buzz News had few weeks ago reported how the Shiites group protesting against the detention of their leaders invaded the National Assembly destroying properties following clash with security operatives.
The statement was released by Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to Buhari on Media and Publicity, who urged the group to halt the protests and allow court to decide on the fate of their leader.
Read the statement by the Presidency below;
“The Presidency appeals to El-Zakzaky-led Shiite members to desist from needless violent street protests and await the decision of the court in Kaduna where their leader is currently being tried.
“The issue of El-ZakZaky is before the court in Kaduna and his supporters should focus on his ongoing trial instead of causing daily damage, disruptions and public nuisance in Abuja.
“It is wrong to be in court and resort to violence at the same time in order to get justice for anybody accused.
“The destruction of public property in the name of protest is not within the right of this group of Shiite members and no government anywhere would have tolerated a situation where any group would take over public roads in cities as they have done in Abuja and interfere with the rights of other citizens who are prevented from reaching their destinations.”
“As far as this country’s Ministry of Justice is concerned, the case involving El-Zakzaky is no longer in its domain. The Federal Government no more has hands in the matter and, to that extent, the government at the centre can be said to be clear of any alleged violation of court orders as being trumpeted every day.
“These rallies and street dances ostensibly to openly insult the President and other leaders, threatening bloodshed will lead nowhere because President Buhari will not ask the country’s judiciary to abandon due process and set a suspect free. At the same time, the administration is determined to enforce the decision of the court clearly issued. The Buhari administration has absolutely no hand in the ongoing court case and the courts are free to determine the bail request and the final outcome.”
David Chima is the Group Head (Editors) at Naija Buzz News. He is a very experienced Journalist. He studied Mass Communication at the Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic Zaria, Kaduna State, before proceeding for Advanced Studies in Mass Communication (Journalism) at the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, Bauchi State. He previously served as the Head Senior Reporters and Publishers at 1Push.Ng and eventually Naija Buzz News. Chima is a lover of football and a very strong supporter of Barcelona Football Club Spain.