The Presidency has said that the proscription of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has nothing to do with banning the larger numbers of peaceful and law-abiding Shiites in the country from practising their religion.
Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity said the ban was to discourage wanton violence, murder and willful destruction of public and private property.
It could be recalled that the last protest by the Shiites for the release of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zazaky led to a clash with the Police which left a reporter with Channels TV, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and some other Shiite members dead.
“The Presidency explains that contrary to the claim by IMN that it had been banned from practicing its religion, President Buhari’s administration has not banned Shiites from observing their five daily prayers and going to Mecca to perform the Holy pilgrimage. Their position is blatantly false and deceptive.
“The IMN is deliberately changing the narrative in order to gain sympathy and divert the attention of the world from its terrorist activities, including attacking soldiers, killing policemen and a youth corps member, destroying government ambulances and public property, consistently defying the authority of the state.”
The Presidency further stated that the banned organization was taken over by extremists who didn’t believe in peaceful protests and instead employed violence and arson, driving fear and undermining the rights of others and constituted authority.
“The Presidency agrees that the constitution protects freedom of worship, but not to the detriment of the society, especially where such freedom harms others, and breaks law and order.
“The Presidency insists that such criminal behavior and disregard for rights of others and human life will not be tolerated by any responsible government, explaining that everywhere in the world protesters operate within legal boundaries and conduct themselves peacefully without molesting others, or engaging in murder and killing of security personnel or destroying public and private property.’
It further noted that despite all efforts by the government and other well-meaning Nigerians to make the IMN militants to see reason and abandon violence, such appeals fell on deaf ears as they killed, maimed and destroyed willfully, constituting daily nuisance to workers, commuters and other innocent citizens.
“Having defied appeals to operate peacefully, and given their seeming determination to destabilize the country, the government had to act before the situation goes out of control, after admonishing many times over that people should not use religion to perpetuate lawlessness.
“We are fighting lawlessness and criminality and not pursuing a policy of discrimination against any group,” the Presidency stressed.
“You cannot be in court while at the same time engaging in violent protests, molesting people and inflicting pains on others, which includes taking innocent lives.”
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.”