The Shiites were staging yet another in their series of protest over the continued detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. The protest took place in Nyanya in the FCT and neighbouring Mararaba in Nasarawa State.
Mr El-Zakzaky was arrested in 2015 after members of his group had a confrontation with the motorcade of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, in Zaria, Kaduna State. Over 300 Shiites were killed by the army in that incident, killings that have been condemned by rights groups including Amnesty International.
The protest on Monday resulted in a gridlock that forced many residents closing from work in the Abuja municipal area to trek several kilometres from AYA to Maraba/ Nyanya and other neighbouring settlements.
Charly Boy who joined the Shiites’ Protest In Abuja took to twitter where he wrote:
Why people dey form surprise sey dem see me with Shiite members dey protest. Na today? I remember one of the great quotes of my great father. “Son wherever you see injustice fight it for it may boomerang and chop your head off” Shiites are part of the oppressed in Nigeria.