Dialogue with Shiites Protesters, FCT residents beg FG

Inhabitants of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have shown fear with the clashes between the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and security operatives, on the continued detention of the sect’s leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat.

Head of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria popularly known as Shiites, El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat had been in detention for four years despite an order from a court to release them.

This has created confusion in the Federal Capital territory as Shiites have taken to the streets of Abuja with strong protest, asking for the freedom of their leader and the wife.

Responding to the incident, some concerned residents who spoke to NAN in separate interviews on Wednesday in Abuja, beckoned for dialogue between the Federal Government and members of the Sect.

Mr. Kingsley Okafor a Taxi Driver who transports the Banex route, a spot of one of the clashes, showed surprise that the group’s protests which before now were peaceful had turned violent.

“What happened here yesterday is different from what we had seen in the past.

“Because, since this people started their demonstrations for over a year now, we related well with them, we know them, we carry them from Wuse to their destinations and back.

“Yesterday we thought it was the normal routine, I was about to load my vehicle when we started hearing gunshots and teargas’ and people started running.

“We all started running to safety, people were running in various directions for dear life, then the police took over and it grounded our business.’’

Okafor, who compared the condition of the Shiites to the events that led to the beginning of Boko-Haram in Maiduguri, advised the government to enable the rule of law to prevail by releasing El-Zakzaky and his wife.

Furthermore, Mr. Victor Jaja, different Civil Servant, advised the government to solve the issue through discussion explaining it as worrisome.

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