- Natives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have called on the federal government in relation to the recent Shi'ites protests in Abuja
- The natives said that they might be forced to deal with the issue their own way if nothing is done about rising violence in the FCT
- They gave the federal government a two-day ultimatum to contain the situation
The federal government has been given a two-day ultimatum by natives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to put an end to violent protest by Shi’ites in Abuja.
Describing protests by the religious group as a nuisance to Nigerians, the natives warned the federal government that things might get out of hand if nothing is done about the situation, Daily Trust reports.
Comrade Yunusa Yusuf, the leader of the natives, noted that the activities of the group have led to serious injuries for innocent persons in the FCT.
Yusuf said: “We are disturbed by the recent protest by Shi’ites movement to the National Assembly which turned violent and left many residents with various degrees of injuries and destruction of property.
"We are sad because the Shi’ites 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 marginalisation 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 Shi'ites protests or we might do it our own way.”
Moreover, the group's leader urged the Shi’ites to take their protest to Kaduna, since, according to them, that is where the unrest started.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria had once again protested the incarceration of their leader, Sheik El-Zakzaky.
This time, the protest was ongoing in Lagos and Abuja simultaneously. In Maryland area of Lagos, Shi'ite members were seen in hundreds with banner displaying photos of El-Zakzaky and calling for his release.
However, the Abuja protest turned violent as they reportedly clashed with police personnel at the federal secretariat.
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