The Presidency on Friday told members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria to stop violent protests and await the decision of the court on their detained leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
In a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the issue of El-Zakzaky is before the court in Kaduna and his supporters should focus on his ongoing 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.
According to Garba, “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 behaviour.’’
The presidential spokesman maintained that the case involving El-Zakzaky was no longer in government domain, stressing that the federal government no more has hands in the matter.
“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,” he said.
Shehu stated that the Buhari administration was determined to enforce the decision of the court clearly issued.
He said the administration has absolutely no hand in the ongoing court case and the courts are free to determine the bail request and the final outcome.