Clashes between Nigerian army and shiite, what you need to know and its implications

The federal capital territory was under siege during the week.
Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria were everywhere
observing their annual walk and at the same time protesting the
continued detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakky. As usual, the
walk turned violent when they ran into a military convoy along
Zuba road.

Depending on the side you choose to believe, the military said the
members were trying to steal their weapons, while the shitte
members claim the military started the provocation.
Abuja, which is regarded as one of the safest cities in Nigeria was
held hostage in the last few days by the shitte members. The high
handedness of our security agencies towards the protesters is
bearing an uncanny semblance to the way our security forces
handled the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Mohammed Yusuf.
When I saw the military using live bullets, I knew we are heading
for serious trouble in this country.

If you recall, the Boko Haram sect was a little-known group in the
North East preaching their own brand of Islam. The extrajudicial
killing of Mohammed Yusuf led to radicalize action of the group.
What’s the end result of that -the economy of the North has been
dragged back to the stone ages. We have lost over a 100, 000
persons to insurgency, schools and hospitals destroyed and
millions displaced from their homes.

Our security forces are following the same path with the Shittes
group. It’s like they are not trained to handle protests. What
happened to rubber bullets, hot water sprays, and tear gas to
disperse unruly protesters? We need to do away with always
inviting the military to quell civil unrest; that’s the primary duty of
the police. The country is so militarised that the Armed Forces are
carrying out operations in almost every state in the country.

At the same time, the Shitte group should stop attacking our
security forces, as that is an invitation to anarchy. Nobody has the
right to attack or try to disarm a soldier or policeman. The resort to
self-help by the group will only aggravate the situation.
I have also been contending on this page that the federal
government should release el-Zakzaky. Since the court had
previously granted him bail, he should just be released. President
Muhammadu Buhari’s assertion that national security should take
precedence over the rule of law does not confirm here.

The government should release him on bail immediately and let his
trial run its course. The continuous detention of the Shitte leader is
radicalizing the group the more. They will continue to protest and
more lives will be lost and at the end of the day, we will not achieve
anything. If he dies in detention, we will have another Boko Haram
in our arms. We cannot afford another insurgent group right now.
Kaduna Riots: Not Again
The federal capital territory was under siege during the week.
Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria were everywhere
observing their annual walk and at the same time protesting the
continued detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakky. As usual, the
walk turned violent when they ran into a military convoy along
Zuba road.

Depending on the side you choose to believe, the military said the
members were trying to steal their weapons, while the shitte
members claim the military started the provocation.
Abuja, which is regarded as one of the safest cities in Nigeria was
held hostage in the last few days by the shitte members. The high
handedness of our security agencies towards the protesters is
bearing an uncanny semblance to the way our security forces
handled the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Mohammed Yusuf.
When I saw the military using live bullets, I knew we are heading
for serious trouble in this country.

If you recall, the Boko Haram sect was a little-known group in the
North East preaching their own brand of Islam. The extrajudicial
killing of Mohammed Yusuf led to radicalize action of the group.
What’s the end result of that -the economy of the North has been
dragged back to the stone ages. We have lost over a 100, 000
persons to insurgency, schools and hospitals destroyed and
millions displaced from their homes.
Our security forces are following the same path with the Shittes
group. It’s like they are not trained to handle protests. What
happened to rubber bullets, hot water sprays, and tear gas to
disperse unruly protesters? We need to do away with always
inviting the military to quell civil unrest; that’s the primary duty of
the police. The country is so militarised that the Armed Forces are
carrying out operations in almost every state in the country.

At the same time, the Shitte group should stop attacking our
security forces, as that is an invitation to anarchy. Nobody has the
right to attack or try to disarm a soldier or policeman. The resort to
self-help by the group will only aggravate the situation.
I have also been contending on this page that the federal
government should release el-Zakzaky. Since the court had
previously granted him bail, he should just be released. President
Muhammadu Buhari’s assertion that national security should take
precedence over the rule of law does not confirm here.

The government should release him on bail immediately and let his
trial run its course. The continuous detention of the Shitte leader is
radicalizing the group the more. They will continue to protest and
more lives will be lost and at the end of the day, we will not achieve
anything. If he dies in detention, we will have another Boko Haram
in our arms. We cannot afford another insurgent group right now.
On Afenifere’s Suspension Of Omisore
On Tuesday, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere,
announced the suspension of the candidate of the Social
Democratic Party (SDP) in the last governorship election in Osun
State and member of the group, Senator Iyiola Omisore, for one
year.

Omisore was alleged to have aligned with the All Progressives
Congress (APC) to win the run-off election in the Ife South and
North local government areas of Osun State. His action was said to
have gone against the position of his party, the Social Democratic
Party, and the Afenifere.
When I read the suspension, I had a good laugh. I thought Afenifere
was a pan Yoruba group whose mandate is to protect the Yoruba
race. The group openly aligning with another party is a recipe for
disaster. There are Yoruba people playing prominent roles in all
the political parties. Acting as if it is a branch of the PDP is not
good for the image of the organization. The group should know
that all Nigerian politicians put their interest first before national
interest. You will not blame Omisore for going to where his bread
will be buttered.

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4 Comments

  1. Good update

  2. Abi

  3. Peace unto them

  4. Hmm

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