By Vivian Okejeme Abuja
A constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, Dr. Kayode Ajulo, has called for caution on the part of the military in dealing with members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).
The Abuja -based lawyer said, the spate of wanton vandalism of human lives is a departure from what humanity expected of a sane society.
The Shiite group had reportedly taken to the streets peaceably to demand the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention since December 2015.
Ajulo noted that the recent bloody protest was not the first clash between Nigerian soldiers and Shi’ite protesters.
In a statement signed yesterday in Abuja and titled, ‘Protest or proccession not death sentence; the legality and moral downturns in Army intervention, use of force and the unwarranted loss of lives, Ajulo expressed need for respect of human life.
He said, “We cannot continue to live in such a state where Nigerians live their lives like budding tendrils of roses trapped helplessly in between a swathe of cactuses, labouring, against the overbearing weight of thorns and thistles to sprout and survive.