Famous Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has warned that the continuous detention of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria ( IMN) also known as Shiite, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, portends serious security threat to the country.
Gumi have called on the federal government to release the IMN leader to avoid compounding the security challenges facing the country.
He said the government must learn some lessons from how the Boko Haram insurgency started.
Zakzaky has been in detention since December 2015, following a clash between his followers and the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State. Over 350 members of the IMN were allegedly killed during the clashes.
Zakzaky’s continuous detention, despite a court judgment ordering his release has led to frequent protests which often resulted in clashes with security agencies.
Gumi advised the federal government to release Zakzaky to avoid the emergence of another insurrection.
Look at what we are facing now. Shi’ites are getting more militant. I have seen video clips of Shi’ites attacking and throwing stones at police officers. “This is a very serious development. Now they are not afraid of security agents, they want to revenge. In trying to revenge, they may start looking for weapons that would be effective.
We are dealing with Boko Haram and now Shi’ites are coming up. I have been suggesting that their leader should be released. Look at the leader of (Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, when he was released, the South-east became calm.
If he were still in incarceration, the situation there would have been serious,” Gumi said.
Speaking further, the Islamic cleric said the government must respect the court, order his release.
According to him, Zakzaky is beginning to recognise the authority of the country.
They should release Zakzaky, moreover they are covered by the court and the court ordered for his release.