The Natives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has given the Federal Government of Nigeria a 48 hour ultimatum to end the protests by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ites.
The natives had warned that any further protest by the group would be rebuffed by the people in Abuja.
The recent protest, according to the natives under the aegis of Coalition of Abuja Indigenous Association (CAIA) , is a huge nuisance to the society and if the Federal Government did not contain them, they would take action against them.
The spokesman of the group, Comrade Yunusa Yusuf, had signed and issued a statement on Thursday where the natives noted that the Shi’ites should organise themselves in a particular venue like the “Bring Back Our Girls” protest.
The CAIA said;
“We are disturbed by the recent protest by Shi’ites movement to the National Assembly which turned violent and left many residents with various degrees of injuries and destruction of property.
We are sad because the Shi’ites group is not the only aggrieved group in this country. We the indigenous people of Abuja are equally aggrieved over so many issues ranging from ministerial slot and deliberate marginalization of our people.
“We did not take the laws into our hands, but we have conducted ourselves peacefully even in the face of provocation by security agents. Therefore, we do not see any reason why certain group will disrupt the peace of our land. At this point, we are giving the Federal Government 48 hours to end the Shiites protests or we might do it our own way.”