Tuesday, July 23, 2019


the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari in Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu reacted on violent protests of Islamic Movement of Nigeria Shiite over the continue detention of their leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky by Federal government. 

He said that Shiite are not intelligent if not, they should celebrated when government said that their hands are off that case and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice also said that they no longer have hands in that case. 

He said for them attacking the national assembly and throwing stones on police doesn't mean that police are powerless, they shouldn't try such. 

He said , “Those guys are not intelligent. If they had read our statement correctly, they would have seen an olive branch. What is the government saying ? We are still open to dialogue and we are willing to abide by adjudication by the court of law.”

“If the Nigerian government says, ‘Our hands are off that case’ ( and) the Attorney - General and Ministry of Justice says, ‘We no longer have a hand’; if those guys were intelligent, they should be celebrating this.”

“But assembling women and young kids and teaching them nothing to do other than insult President Muhammadu Buhari and the leaders of this country and you think that will take you somewhere?

“No, I’m sorry, those guys need to think and determine what is right for themselves. If the government were to use force, it is present .

But by the decision of the President, we don’ t push too hard and they shouldn't push the government to the wall.”

“If they decide otherwise and they want to continue attacking the National Assembly, throwing stones at the police and burning down police vehicles and they think the army and the police are meek and powerless , they shouldn't’t test those elements,” he said.

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