El-Zakzaky’s Detention: We are ready to die, we have 21 million lives to offer – Shiites


The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), has threatened to disrupt law and order in the society, until their Leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, is released.

According to the group, the IMN has 21 million of its members ready to sacrifice their lives for this mission, if the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government refuses to do the needful.

TOS TV gathered that the IMN issued the warning during its protest in Ikeja, Lagos State, on Thursday, July 11.

Members of the group chanted several songs, demanding that the Buhari administration should respect court orders and release El-Zakzaky.

Addressing Journalists during the protest, the South-West Coordinator of the IMN, Mr. Muftau Zakariya, called on the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, to prevail on Buhari to release its Leader.

According to Zakariya, the group would not desist from the protest, until Buhari releases El-Zakzaky.

He said: “We are ready to die, if our Leader is not released. If they are ready to kill us, we have 21 million lives to offer. I know that Nigerian Soldiers do not have 21 million bullets to shoot at us.

“It’s true that there are 21 million Shi’ites in Nigeria, and if they kill our Leader, which country will they have to rule by 2023.

“Buhari got to the Office because the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, assisted him. It was Tinubu that started the movement and spent his money to ensure that the party assumes power. We are calling on Tinubu, to talk to the President, who is a member of his party, to free our Leader. If he allows the President to continue to kill our members, there will not be Nigeria in 2023. We are not happy over the continued detention of our Leader”, IMN said.

It could be recalled, that this is coming barely 48-hours after members of the group invaded the National Assembly, and forcefully took over the Complex, and injured six Policemen in the process.

The protesters were said to have overpowered the Security men at the popular Mopol (Mobile Policemen) gate, and entered the second gate of the National Assembly Complex.

Soon after they entered, the Shi’ites members started vandalising vehicles that were either coming or going out of the National Assembly. The mayhem forced workers and visitors to scamper for safety.