Published On: Thu, Nov 28th, 2019

Indigenes reiterate stance against mass protests in Abuja

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By Stanley Onyekwere

Natives of Abuja have reiterated their resistance to any planned mass protest by any individual or groups that might disrupt the peace of the nation’s capital.
The natives opined that from a reliable resources, some group of persons had planned to stage a mass protest in the Federal Capital Territory to demand the immediate release of Mr. Sowore Omoyele, who is under the custody of the Department of State Services.
Making this assertion, the spokesman of Abuja Natives Association, Comrade Yunusa Yusuf, said any planned protest that is not geared towards the interest of Abuja natives will be highly resisted, adding that no group has any legitimate right whatsoever to disrupt the peaceful coexistence of the nation’s capital.
He said the group will use any constitutional or otherwise means to tackle any planned protest, just as they did to resist previous protests by supporters of the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky in recent past.
Yusuf, revealed that there are plans by some group of persons to cause mayhem in the federal on the guise of freedom fighters for the release of one of the presidential candidates in the 2019 presidential elections, Mr. Sowore Omoyele,
According to him, “while we (Abuja natives) are not in support of any injustice to an individual or groups, we are equally against any mass protest that is not for the interest of Abuja natives. We take this stand with all sense of responsibility and patriotism.
“As natives, it is our right to jealously guard the peaceful coexistence of all tribes because we have no other state to call our own.
“I want state unequivocally that there is no tribe or ethnic group in Nigeria who are more aggrieved than the Abuja natives.
“In spite of the glaring marginalization of Abuja natives in all fronts, we have not embarked on disruption of peace, and will not allow any group to disrupt the peace of the nation’s capital.
“We are going to resist this planned protest the same way we resisted supporters of the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky few months ago. The peace of Abuja is paramount to us.”
He stressed that Abuja natives are very concern on the high level of insecurity, stressing that it will amount to unpatriotism if they allow any aggrieved group to disrupt the relative peace enjoy in the federal capital.
Yusuf called on the security agencies to be at alert to avert any planned protest that may lead to destruction of property in the Territory.

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