End Shi’ites’ protest, Abuja natives tell FG

July 15th, 2019

By Daniel Tyokua

Disturbed by the endless protest of Shiites under the umbrella of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Abuja natives have urged the federal government to take appropriate measures that would end the continued protest in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The natives asked the government to do anything possible within 48 hours to end the unwarranted series of protest by the Shiites movement in Abuja.

They described the recent protest by the group as constituting nuisance in the society, and warned that if government fails to take decisive steps to tackle the group, it might snowball to senseless killings and destruction of public property.

Comrade Yunusa Yusuf, Spokesman for the natives, told journalists in Abuja, that the group should organise themselves in a venue, just as it was the case with “Bring Back Our Girls” protest.

The spokesman who expressed displeasure over the recent protest to the National Assembly by members of the Shiites movement warned that further protest by the group in the nation’s capital might lead to counter attack by the indigenous people of Abuja.

He also expressed concern that the protest has led to injuries of seven indigenous women who are currently receiving treatment in different hospitals across the territory.

Yusuf argued that the Abuja natives who are being marginalized in all fronts have not embarked on such destructive protest, stressing that any attempt to disrupt the peace of Abuja by any political or religious group will be highly resisted by the natives.

According to him, “We are disturbed by the recent protest by Shiites movement to the National Assembly leading to various degrees if injuries and destruction of property. We are sad because the Shiites group are not the only aggrieved group in this country. We the indigenous people of Abuja are equally aggrieved over so many issues ranging from ministerial slot and deliberate marginalization of our people.

“We did not take the laws into our hands, but we have conducted ourselves peacefully even in the face of provocation by security agents. Therefore, we do not see any reason why certain group will disrupt the peace of our land. At this point, we are giving the federal government 48 hours to end the Shiites protest or we might do it in our own ways”.

He advised the Shiites group to relocate to Kaduna to press home their demands, noting that the crisis started in Kaduna state jurisdiction.

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