Afenifere condemns killing of Shiites

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Yoruba Socio-cultural group, Afenifere has frowned on the recent killings of the protesting members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, also known as the Shiites,  in Abuja,  by the men of the Nigeria Army and the police, asking the Federal Government to release the leader of the Shiites group, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who is currently in incarceration.

Afenifere said there was no justification for the action of the armed uniformed men to be shooting the protesting members of the Islamic group.

“The meeting called on the Federal Government to release the leader of the Shiites as ordered by different courts and ensure that the security personnel responsible for the mass killings of his supporters are brought to book.

“We must not forget how extra-judicial killing of the founder of Boko Haram turned the group into a massive terror machine which we have been unable to contain and we are opening yet another front,” the Afenifere stated.

Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has said his decision to work for the APC in the rerun governorship election in the state was in consonance with the position of the SDP in the state.

Omisore, who said this in a text message sent to our correspondent to react to the one-year suspension slammed on him by the Afenifere, stated that the Yoruba socio-cultural group did not give him any directive concerning the poll.

He said although he had not been informed of the suspension, he stressed that he acted based on the resolution of the Osun State chapter of the SDP on whose platform he contested.

Omisore said, “Acting at variance? Osun SDP passed a resolution to coalesce with the APC. Osun SDP members are not affiliate of Afenifere. Politics is local, so I acted in consonance with the position and will of Osun SDP.

“I’m yet to be informed,  ( of the suspension) if so, Afenifere bypassed principle of fair hearing. I was not given any directives; it might be an oversight on Afenifere’s part or assumptions.”

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