Abuja - The Igbo Mandare Congress (IMC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and
the military to take responsibility of the deadly clashes between the latter
and protesters in Zaria.
Rev Obinna Akukwe, Director General of the pressure
group, thus demanded an apology.
“IMC also demands that President Buhari should also
accept responsibility for these military excesses as Commander-in Chief of
Nigerian Armed Forces and lead a delegation that should apologize to the sect
for the excesses of his men,” he said.
“IMC wishes to state that the officers and men of the
Nigerian Army should be taught the modern rules of dealing with civilian
altercations, and should know that the frequent release of bullets is now
outdated. IMC demands that the military should accept that they reacted over
the issue and take corrective actions to avoid a future repeat of this ugly
Akukwe said IMC wished to officially condole with
families of the massacred members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).
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“Igbo Mandate Congress views with outrage a situation
whereby out of eight children of a religious leader, six were killed by the
Nigerian Army over incidences which patience and dialogue could have resolved.”
He said his organisation felt sympathy for this
“endangered” sect in Nigeria, especially the family of the sect leader.
Akukwe demanded the release of Zakzaky and other detained
sect members for proper medical treatment.
Zakzaky was recently detained after the clashes in Zaria,
The Army claimed was a response to an assassination
attempt by the sect’s members on the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General
Akukwe meanwhile called for restraint.
“IMC advises the Sunni Muslims in Nigeria to
live at peace with their Shiite brothers and not emulate the schisms and
dissension which had polarized the Middle East, turning it into a constant war
- CAJ News