The Nigerian Army has issued a stern warning to members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (also known as the Shi’ites), to desist from making misleading comments capable of breaching the public peace and order.
The Army, in a statement by its spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, said it was aware of clandestine campaign of calumny and misinformation on the incident of December 12, 2015 in Zaria, where soldiers attached to the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, used lethal force on some members of the Shi’ite sect, when they refused to clear the road for the army chief’s convoy to pass through.
The Army specifically mentioned a group of high-ranking members of the Islamic movement led by one Dr Abdullahi Danladi, a lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, who have been soliciting for help and “telling lies” about the circumstances surrounding the incident and the incident itself.
“He also went further to make false and unfounded allegations of casualty figures and desecration of burial grounds.
“Dr Danladi and like-minded individuals should be warned to desist from telling lies and misrepresentation of facts capable of misleading the general public”, the Nigerian Army warned.
The statement added that the lecturer’s actions were preposterous and showed lack of concern and respect for peace and tranquility.
It also warned that the Army would not sit back and allow some mischievous elements in the society to further create unnecessary tension and disaffection in the society.
Col. Usman, therefore, urged the public to disregard what he described as the misleading campaign by the sect.
“This attitude will not be tolerated where people abuse their privileged position to mislead the public, create disaffection.
“Nigerians and indeed all well-meaning people are please enjoined to be patient and await the outcome of the various enquiries instituted by various government and non-governmental agencies”, the army said