Kingsley Moghalu Condemns Killing Of Shiites
Youth Progressive Party (YPP) 2019 presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu, has condemned the killing of some members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as Shiites.
Moghalu who was a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on Monday released a statement reproving the army for the role it played in the killings.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to “hold the army accountable for these heinous killings.”
Nigeria’s military and the Shiite members had clashed on Saturday and again on Monday in FCT-Abuja.
On Sunday, there was little skirmish as members of the sects numbering hundreds continued on their march to the city center which was stalled by the military. The Military calmed three members of the group died, while the Shiites claimed the army killed five of its members.
On Monday, the sect members advanced from their two fronts of the Abuja-Kubwa Expressway and Abuja-Nyanya Expressway with skirmishes recorded.
The Shiites who are on a procession dubbed, ‘Arbaeen Symbolic Trek’ to protest the continued detention of their leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, his wife and thousands of others allegedly killed by the Nigerian government.
Moghalu’s statement reads: “I condemn entirely the killing of unarmed Nigerians by our military. The use of live ammunition on civilians throwing stones is far out of the bounds of what is acceptable. The penalty for protest should never be death and I call on President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians at large to hold the army accountable for these heinous killings.
“The violence-based approach where civilian protests are met with force by the military is against the tenets and practices of democracy and in any country that respects the life of its citizenry. The frequency of these incidents in Nigeria goes to show how incompetent our security agencies in Nigeria are.”