Spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari has advised the Shiites to allow the court trial of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, to “take its course,” saying only then can they expect to get justice.
The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, also said that the President should not be held responsible for the continued incarceration of the Shiite leader after he had been granted bail in 2016, noting that Buhari “will not ask the country’s judiciary to abandon due process and set a suspect free.”
Shehu also decried what he described as “openly insulting the President and other leaders” because of the matter, condemning the religious group for allegedly “threatening bloodshed.”
It may be recalled that since the arrest and incarceration of the Shiite leader and his wife, Zinat, in 2015, the religious leader has remained in custody.
His followers have continued to press for his release, sometimes resulting in bloody clashes with law enforcement agents.
However, on Friday, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, took to his verified Twitter handle @GarShehu, urging El-Zakzaky’s followers to allow their leader’s trial to proceed without the followers’ intervention.