- Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have been warned against taking their protests to southwest
- The warning was issued by the Progressive Yoruba Youth Council on Thursday, July 18
- According to the council, some faceless politicians are behind the activities of the Shiite members
The Progressive Yoruba Youth Council has warned members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) against carrying out any form of protest in Lagos state and the entire Oduduwa region.
The youth group strongly warned members of IMN popularly known as Shiites to desist from its plan of inflicting harm on innocent citizens.
Speaking to journalists in Lagos on Thursday, July 18, the national chairman of the group, Dayo Jacob, said some politicians are faces behind the activities of the sect.
Jacob warned the IMN and their sponsors to desist from their “nefarious activities and explore peaceful means of airing their grievances if they are indeed genuine.”
He said the council, in line with its core mandate of bringing to the fore issues that affects the relative peace and tranquillity in the Oduduwa kingdom and by extension Nigeria, undertook a systematic research on the issues been canvassed by the IMN.
Jacob said the height of it was the activities of the IMN that led to the death of law enforcement officers and the disruption of peace and tranquillity in the country.
He said the council discovered that some disgruntled politicians who ended up at the losing side during the recently conducted general elections were behind the resurgence of the activities of the IMN in Nigeria.
According to Jacob, these politicians have also vowed to ensure that the country is made ungovernable for the present administration.
Jacob said: "These set of politicians have devoted a vast amount of money towards actualizing their nefarious motive by mobilizing the IMN with dangerous arms and ammunition as well as logistics for wreaking havoc on innocent citizens."
"That the IMN and its sponsors should stay away from southwest Nigeria and other parts of Oduduwa kingdom in the interest of peace and tranquillity," Jacob said.
He also noted that the interest of the country should be taken into consideration due to the heterogeneous nature of the country at the risk of insulting the sensibilities of the generality of Nigerians.
"That the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable and as such, they should have a rethink in their destabilization plot and instead channel their time and resources towards productive ventures in the interest of peace and tranquillity," Jacob added.
"That the Progressive Yoruba Youth Congress has notified its members of the impending plot by the IMN and its political sponsors to disrupt activities in southwest Nigeria.
That the Progressive Yoruba Youth Council would not hesitate to present the array evidence of the destabilization plot to the general public and the various security agencies in the country," he said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that protests by some members of Shiites in Abuja turned violent.
The protest which took place at the National Assembly Complex led to killing of a police officer, injury on many others including destruction of vehicles.
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