Members of the Islamic Movement Of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites have handed down a warning to the Nigerian Government not to provoke them on their demand for the release of their spiritual leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakyzaky.
The group said it would change its style of protest if the government continues to keep him in detention for the next four years.
This was disclosed in Abuja on Tuesday during a mass protest to mark the 68th birthday anniversary of El-Zakyzaky and 1224 days of his detention.
Speaking on behalf of the group Shaikh Sidi Munnir from Sokoto state who is also a member of the movement said that the movement would change its style and move to another step if the government fail to release their leader.
“I am sure we will not be doing this kind of procession to call for the release of our leader we will move to another step. That is if they push us to the wall, that means if they hold our leader and refuse to release him, the style will change. We will not only be protesting to call for the release of our leader. The story will change,” Munnir stated.
Munnir, who also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rescind his decision and release him from the detention called on well-meaning Nigerians and the International community to intervene and prevail on the government to obey court order.
The Secretary of the Academic Forum of the movement, Abdullahi Isa said that refusal of the government to release El-Zakyzaky has further increased the popularity of their leader and the movement.
He noted that the movement has achieved a lot with the protest by exposing the injustice being perpetrated by the government and create awareness on the extrajudicial killings of their members by the security operatives.
He added that the continuous violation of rule law by the President has tossed the movement to reckoning within and outside the country, adding that the movement would not give up on its demand.
“He has violated all the laws of the land including an order by the court of competent law which is the federal high court that ordered for the freedom of our leader.”