CSOs condemn FG proscription of Shiites group, killings in Nigeria
By Phil Okose, Onitsha
Three civil society groups have condemned the proscription of Islamic Movement in Nigeria; otherwise called Shiites by the federal government, even as they also condemned the incessant killing of innocent Nigerians on daily basis by the Fulani herdsmen, Boko Haram, among others. They said such developments are gimmicks aimed at as Islamization of Nigeria.
The rights groups include International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, Intersociety; Civil Liberties OrganiSation, CLO, and Human Right, Liberty Access and Defenders Foundation (HURIDE).
Reacting to the proscription and killings, the Chairman of Intersociety, Nze Emeka Umeagbalasi, said that “the proscription of Shiites and Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, by the federal government is an invitation to genocide.
“Government is steadily pushing Nigerians to path of perdition. How can a government that calls itself a democratic institution massacre over 1000 members of a non-violent and defenseless religious group (Shiites) and maimed 200, injured and detained its leader, Mallam Zaky el-Zaky and wife, Zeenat.
“People are no longer safe in Nigeria as scores are killed on daily basis by Fulani herdsmen, who are making efforts to islamise Nigeria. The herdsmen, who have continued to kill scores with AK47 rifles are there unmolested, because, Mr. President is their brother and father.”
Also reacting, the Anambra state chairman of CLO, Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme said that “those agitators that are being killed, including MASSOB, Shiites, IPOB, Niger Delta Militants, among others, should be called for a round table dialogue. Every day, you hear over the radio, TV, newspapers and in the social media that scores of Nigerians are killed by Fulani herdsmen, Nigerian security operatives, Boko Haram, assassins, kidnappers, among others; and the federal government will not confront, arrest or prosecute the perpetrators, who will be walking freely on the streets, boasting that they are above arrest.
“Schools are being shutdown over fear of losing pupils and students to killers. Foreign investors are not spared and that is why many countries have warned their nationalities resident in Nigeria to be vigilant.
“Government should proscribe Fulani herdsmen that are known terrorists before proscribing defenceless and non-violent Shiites. Nigerians are tired of killings by theses bandits; and the worst is that the government at the centre pretending as if nothing is happening.”
In his reaction, Dede Uzor A. Uzor, condemned the proscription of Shiites and wondered why the federal government has not proscribed a notorious terrorist group, Fulan herdsmen.
“We can’t take this; President Muhammadu Buhari should rather resign since it has become practically impossible for him to contain the growing insecurity in the country”
Lamenting the invasion of various parts of the country, especially the South East, South West and North Central by the Fulani Herdsmen, he revealed that “there is no day in Nigeria that will pass without at least, 20 people being killed.
“That is the type of country we found ourselves since President Buhari came on board. Just two days ego, my friend, who was going to Okene was killed by the suspected Fulani herdsmen; and, recently, Mrs Funke Olakunri, daughter of the leader of Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, 93 year old Pa Reuben Fasoranti, was reportedly killed by the said herdsmen along Ore- Akure Expressway”.