Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), on Tuesday, stormed Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to demand for the immediate release of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El–Zakzaky.
The protesters, who carried different placards with various inscriptions, marched through the Federal Secretariat and the National Assembly to press home their demands.
Members of the group, which included men and women, shared fliers which read: “Enough Is Enough” to the general public.
The Kaduna State government had recently released the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry which investigated the December clash between the Nigerian Army and members of the IMN.
The executive summary of the report which was posted on the state’s website, said the federal government, Kaduna State government, the IMN, the Nigerian Army and other security and law enforcement agencies committed acts which resulted in the clashes.
It blamed the state government for not acting promptly on previous acts of the IMN while it blamed the federal government for allowing the army to use excessive force and not complying with the rules of engagement during the clash.
It blamed the leader of the IMN, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who it said had absolute control over his members, for not calling his members to order when required to do so.
It recommended that all incidents of violence and aggression by the members of the IMN against individuals, groups or communities, which had resulted in grievous bodily harm, destruction of properties and deaths, should be fully investigated and the culprits brought to book. Where appropriate, compensations should be paid.
“To fear the world US has led for the better part of a century, abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe and refuse the obligations of international leadership… for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solving problems is unpatriotic. “
-US Senator John McCain(At National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia)
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