President Muhammadu Buhari in his reaction to the protesting members Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites) warned the group against forcing the Federal Government to act.
Buhari noted that he would act with maximum force to defend the interest of the nation.
Naija Buzz News reported the Shiites protest in Abuja on Monday which turned violent following clash with the Nigeria Police. The Abuja Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar, was killed in the protest; an NYSC member serving with Channels TV, Precious, was also killed by a stray bullet; and over 11 members of the group were shot dead. We also published a video clip of the incident in Abuja.
Speaking about the victims of the clash, Buhari described the DCP and the NYSC corp member as law abiding, hard-working and vibrant citizens with promising future. The President however failed to acknowledge the death of over 11 unarmed members of the Shiites group who were also shot dead.
The group was protesting against the incarceration of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, since 2015.
While the Nigeria Police is accusing the Shiites for the death of DCP Umar and Precious Owolabi, the group in a statement alleged that they were unarmed, saying that the police were responsible for their deaths.
They further revealed that the police operatives took away the bodies of the members who they killed in the protest.
However, President Buhari in his reaction said; “Let nobody or group doubt or test our will to act in the higher interest of the majority of our citizens.”
The problem however is the continued detention of their leader, Sheikh El-Zakzaky, even against apparent court orders.
The Presidency had few days ago noted that the Federal Government is not responsible for his incarceration, adding that court was to be held responsible.
It also does not appear like the Shiites group is ready to heed Buhari’s warning. Hundreds if not a thousand of their members have been killed since 2015 in the struggle.
It is very dangerous to deal with people who actually do not fear death and this situation is becoming a growing danger to the society.
Ogbodo ThankGod is currently the Managing Director/CEO/Group Chief Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He was the Chief Editor at NaijaBuzz.News before his new top leadership role. Ogbodo has years of experience in the Nigeria Media Industry and has co-founded some media companies. He is the founder of Ogbodo Solution Nigeria and 1Push.Ng. He loves playing football and is a strong supporter of Lionel Messi who he describes as the greatest footballer of all time.