The Presidency appeals to members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiiteto desist from needless violent street protests and await the decision of the court in Kaduna state where their leader Ibrahim El-Zakzak, is currently being tried.
Recall that Shiite members took to the street, overpowered the security at the National Assembly gate and injuring some security personnel in the process.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity in a statement in Abuja noted that El-ZakZaky’s case is before the court in Kaduna and his supporters should focus on his on-going trial instead of causing daily damages, disruptions and public nuisance in Abuja.
“It is wrong to be in court and resort to violence at the same time in order to get justice for anybody accused.
“The destruction of public property in the name of protest is not within the right of this group of Shiite members and no government anywhere would have tolerated a situation where any group would take over public roads in cities as they have done in Abuja and interfere with the rights of other citizens who are prevented from reaching their destinations.
“We imagine a situation where families are taking their loved ones to hospital for emergency treatment and they are held up needlessly by the protesters. No government anywhere in the world would turn a blind eye to this unlawful behavior.”
He further pointed that as far as this country’s Ministry of Justice is concerned, the case involving El-Zakzaky is no longer in its domain.
“The Federal Government no more has hands in the matter and to that extent, the government at the centre can be, “said to be clear of any alleged violations of court orders as being trumpeted every day.
“These rallies and street dances ostensibly to openly insult the President and other leaders, threatening bloodshed will lead nowhere because President Buhari will not ask the country’s judiciary to abandon due process and set a suspect free.
“At the same time, the administration is determined to enforce the decision of the court clearly issued. The Buhari administration has absolutely no hand in the on-going court case and the courts are free to determine the bail request and the final outcome.”
While pointing that mentality allegedly being showed by the Shiites that they are above the law and that their rights are superior to other people’s rights is unacceptable.
“You can’t be provoking other citizens by interfering with their own rights on public roads and disrupting their businesses and call it democratic freedom. In democratic traditions, their rights end where the rights of others begin.
“Law-abiding citizens must avoid deliberate lawlessness. It is not within the rights of any group to enter protected public institutions such as the National Assembly by force to attack police and destroy public and private property.
“It is always advisable to embrace dialogue and eschew violence in all our actions so that we can continue to live together in peace.
“We, therefore, appeal to the Shiite group to stop deliberate provocations that result in violence and fatalities and allow the trial of El-ZakZaky to take its course.”
Buhari Inagurates FEC, Allocates Portfolios to Ministers
President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the Federal Executive Council and swear-in ministers-designates.
See the full list below:
1.Dr. Ikechukwu Ogah (Abia State) -Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development
- Mohammed Musa Bello (Adamawa State) -Minister of the Federal Capital Territory
Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom State)- Minister of Niger Delta
Chris Ngige (Anambra State)- Minister of Labour and Employment
Sharon Ikeazor (Anambra State) Minister of State Environment
Adamu Adamu (Bauchi State) Minister of Education
7 Ambassador Maryam Katagun (Bauchi State) State
- Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa State) Minister of State, Petroleum under the President
George Akume (Benue State) Inter
10.Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno State) Minister of State, Agric and Rural Development
- Goddy Jedy Agba (Cross River State) -Minister of State, Power
12.Festus Keyamo (Delta State) -Minister of State, Niger Delta
- Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi State) -Minister of Science and Technology
Osagie Ehanire (Edo State) -Minister of Health
15.Clement Ike (Edo State)
- Richard Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti State) -Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology
Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu State) -Minister of Foreign Affairs
18.Ali Isa Pantami (Gombe State) -Minister of Communications
- Emeka Nwajiuba (Imo State) -Minister of State, Education
Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa State) -Minister of Water Resources
Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna State) -Minister of Finance
22.Muhammad Mahmood (Kaduna State) -Minister of Environment
23.Sabo Nanono (Kano State) -Minister of Agriculture and Development
24.Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Kano State) -Minister of Defence
25.Hadi Sirika (Katsina State) -Minister of Aviation
26.Abubakar Malami (Kebbi State)
27.Ramatu Tijjani (Kogi State)
- Lai Mohammed (Kwara State)
29.Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara State) -Minister of State Transportation
30.Babatunde Fashola (Lagos State) -Minister of Works and Housing
31.Adeleke Mamora (Lagos State) -Minister of State, Health
- Mohammed H. Abdullahi (Nasarawa State) Minister of State, Science
Zubair Dada (Niger State) foreign AFfairs
Olamilekan Adegbite (Ogun State)minsters of mines and steel dele
Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo State)
Rauf Aregbesola (Osun State), Minister of interior
Sunday Dare (Oyo State) Minister of youths and sports
38.Paulen Talen (Plateau State) Minister of women affairs
Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers State) Transportation
Maigarai Dingyadi (Sokoto State) police affairs
Sale Mamman (Taraba State) Minister of power
Abubakar D. Aliyu (Yobe State) Minister of State housing
Sadiya Umar Faruk (Zamfara State), Minister of humanitarian affair
#FreeSowore: Atiku, Others Reacts After Sowore Arrest As Pictures Of His Damaged Car Surface
AAC Presidential Candidate and CEO of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore has been apprehended by the DSS – Department of State Security at the early hours of Saturday.
So many reactions have trail the arrest and this includes another Presidential Candidate and other political bigwigs.
PDP Presidential Candidate, Abubakar Atiku said:
“Freedom of speech is not only constitutionally guaranteed, it is the substructure of our democracy. These kidnappings in the guise of arrests stands condemned.”
Mrs Oby Ezekwesili Said:
“All well-meaning Nigerians should stand with YeleSowore and defend his constitutional right and freedom to protest any matter of Governance that worries him.
“Mr Sowore’s convening of Citizens to protest Poor Governance – via #RevolutionNow- is Constitutionally guaranteed.”
“If our NGRPresident MBuhari & FG AsoRock are not completely out of touch with the reality of distress of majority of Citizens of this country, they would handle YeleSowore‘s right to convene #RevolutionNow wisely.
“Many of us his fellow #OfficeOfTheCitizen stand with him.”
Howvever, a journalist recognized as Fox Meek just obtained photos of Sowore’s car that was reportedly bashed by Department of State Services operatives during the arrest of the human rights activist and pro-democracy campaign as shared by a Nigerian journalist, Abiodun Sanusi.
According to an eyewitness report, DSS officers hit the Lexus Jeep of Sowore ‘like kidnappers would do to make way for themselves.’
Mr. Sowore was picked up at his apartment at about 1am this morning and he managed to post a distress tweet at exactly 1:25 am.
The security operatives seized Sowore’s mobile phone when he attempted to raise alarm over the invasion of his residence.
The journalist wrote;
“This is Omoyele Sowore ‘s car batched by State Security Service DSS during is illegal abduction (State Kidnap) at about 01:15am over the night.
Sowore and his brother who drove the car were assaulted by DSS officers. His brother was injured in the head and in the leg.”