SWITZERLAND, MAY 26 – Suspected members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), umbrella body for Shia moslems in the country have hurled insults at President Muhammadu Buhari as he observed Juma’at prayers at the National Mosque, Abuja as part of activities lined up for his inauguration ceremony
The Juma’at prayers started around 2pm and ended almost 10 minutes later. The crowd of worshippers were thrown into confusion when a group of worshippers, suspected to belong to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites stood up and started chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is great) while others were busy insulting President Buhari. The Murshid (administrator of the mosque) Shehu Ahmad Galadanci was making special prayers for the president. The chants became louder as security operatives struggled to control the crowd and return normalcy.
Present at the mosque were Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Mohammed Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar, traditional rulers, ministers, lawmakers and security chiefs.
The Shiites have faced intense persecution from the Nigerian Military under president Buhari, with indiscriminate killing of thousands of their members and indefinite detention of their leader, Sheik El Zakzaky. Nigerian government’s high-handedness against the Shiites has also been condemned by Amnesty International.
“You have to challenge the oppressors, the number one criminal is the person of Muhammed Buhari. We are still here, if you like to come and kill us we are ready to die,” the voice of the leading protester rang out from the microphone, in viral video of the event.
In the video, the protesters addressed the armed soldiers standing guard at the mosque entrance:
“For your information, young man you have to come in here because i know you are a youth, you should know you have family even if you don’t have child you have mother and have father.
You should know, don’t allow any criminal, any secondary school drop out, Muhammadu Buhari can not present his secondary school certificate this is an insult to the whole Nigeria.
How can someone who can not pass WAEC and NECO give you whole right to kill the citizens he thinks we are fools? (Kill them) but for your information anybody, anybody be you chief of army staff, from the chief of staff down to the last copra of the Nigeria army. We know each and every of you that’s is killing our brothers and sisters, we know you and you know yourselves. We know your family members we know where you live and we know your office.”
The protesters continued:
“Bear it at the back of your mind, there must be a day that you will face the consequences of killing the innocent citizens in Nigeria.
And the fool, the fool, the criminal that’s the person of Mohammad Buhari that order the killing of innocent citizen Mohammad Buhari, that come from Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Buhari that collected contract from America to kill the citizen all the name of Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram bear if in mind this thing you are doing because of president is limited time in the next four years you will not be at the sit of presidency, and remember you claimed to come from the North, from the place where you call Daura there’s no way you can kill more thousands of innocent citizen and think you will be free from your operation.”
The President was later spirited out of the Mosque by armed soldiers.