The South-West arm of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has urged the people of the Yoruba ethnic group not to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress in the 2019 Presidential Elections because he was “shallow minded.”
IMN said the Yoruba ethnic group should vote out Buhari because he disrespected the rule of law.
The group gave the call when the South West Coordinator of the group, Muftau Zakariya, led its members of the group to protest to the entrance of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday.
They were demanding the release of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
Speaking, Zakariya said: “We came to protest today in Abuja to seek the release of our leader and convince the government to obey court order. The court has ordered that El-Zakzaky should be released and should be paid N50 million as damages to him and his wife, because of the illegal detention he has been subjected to. But today, the government has refused to obey that order.
“I am especially using this opportunity to talk to my fellow Yoruba men. No Yoruba man that is freely born should vote for Buhari. Buhari has killed his own people. Somebody that kills Northerners, Hausas and the elite; who shot a Muslim scholar, who jailed him and refused to grant him bail. Let me tell you the equivalent of what Buhari has done; It’s like somebody catching Pastor Adeboye at RCCG, and proceeds to shoot and jail him. Can anybody expect that there is nobody in Yorubaland he cannot jail; of course, he can jail anybody.
“If a President can go to the Nigerian Bar Association and tell them that he will not obey the rule of law where security is concerned, it shows you how shallow-minded this man is. This is the man that swore an oath on the Koran , because he is a Muslim to obey the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He still believes that he is a military dictator and that Nigerians that he rules over are mere animals and that he can do whatever he likes to us. That is why I am using this avenue to appeal to Nigerians. Anybody that votes for Buhari is voting for somebody that does not believe in the rule of law. Anybody that votes for Buhari is voting for somebody that believes that killings should continue in Benue, Zamfara and other parts of the country.
“Do you think when Yoruba people die, or any other person dies in Nigeria, he cares? This man does not care; that is why we should just give him red card to just go back to Daura and start farming.”
The ruling on the bail application of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, was adjourned by the Kaduna State High Court to Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
The reason given for the adjournment was due to the absence of Zakzaky and his wife in court over security concerns because of Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo’s visit to the state on Thursday, October 4. The hearing had earlier been fixed to October 4 following the written application filed by El-Zakzaky’s counsel during the last sitting on August 2, 2018.
Charges against the Shiite leader include culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of public peace, among other charges. Sheikh El-Zakzaky, who had been in Nigerian custody since 2015 after clashes between troops and his followers, made a rare public appearance in court on Tuesday, May 15, to face criminal charges. Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife were brought from Nigeria’s capital of Abuja to the Kaduna state high court to face charges including culpable killing of one person by another and unlawful assembly.
It was learnt that journalists and other members of the IMN that trooped to the court premises were barred from entering as the major road leading to the court was blocked by armed security officers.