“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.” – Garba Shehu
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Garba Shehu, President Muhammad Buhari, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity has said the Islamic Movement of Nigeria ought to be celebrating the decision of the Federal Government to end its involvement in the trial of its leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
He said this Sunday during a programme and condemned the group for its failure to comply with the “olive branch” in the Presidency’s reaction to the fierce protests of the IMN members in Abuja.
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.”
Shehu said, “the Shiites should focus their energy on the ongoing case in Kaduna, adding because whichever way it goes, the government would implement.”
He added, “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.”
He added, “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 test those elements.”