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Shiites crisis: Borno elders beg for Buhari’s intervention

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Some elders from Borno state have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the crisis between the Kaduna state government and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

The elders under the aegis of Borno Elders Forum said it became pertinent to call the president’s attention to the matter because the crisis can be likened to the birth of insurgency in the north eastern state.

 The forum said while it has no interest in the group popularly known as Shiites, it is however important that the current brewing crisis is nipped in the bud.

In its statement signed by Usman Galtimari, the BEF said although it is a known fact that the IMN have already been branded as an insurgent group and outlawed the crisis between the state government and the group can be resolved amicable by the president.

Galtimari said: “However, we are deeply concerned that a dark history appears to be repeating itself and given our most horrifying experiences in the North-East, we as elders, owe you and our country the shared responsibility of pointing at potential danger and advising on ways to averting it.”

He said there is need for the Mr. Buhari to draw lessons from the north east and some other parts of the country.

“It is therefore necessary to take all the available routes to avert any further incidents. We wish to appeal to you to arrest the Kaduna situation and amicably settle all contending issues so that peace will reign in Central Nigeria.

“Our harrowing experiences in the North-East should be enough to guide us as a nation to cultivate peace and peaceful co- habitation.
Commending the Buhari-led administration in its fight against insurgency in the north east, the forum further said it hopeful that peace will return to the region.

The IMN were on Tuesday, December 6, declared an insurgent group by the Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai.

The announcement by the Kaduna state government followed a release of the white paper report by the state’s judicial committee of inquiry indicting the group of culpable activities in the state.

This also came after Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal high court in Abuja ordered the release of Ibrahim El-ZakZaky, the leader of the Shiite group in Nigeria after a year detention by security agencies.

El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zainba were arrested after a clash between the group and the convoy of the chief of army staff in Zaria, Kaduna state.

The incident which occurred on Saturday, December 5, 2015, also led to the killing of many.

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