Shiites Members Embark on Anti-France Protest in Abuja, Burns Country’s Flag

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Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria on Tuesday flooded the streets of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, to protest against an offensive publication by French President, Emmanuel Macron, over Prophet Muhammad by a citizen of the European country.

Members of the sect gathered in large numbers and marched from Nitel Junction to Wuse Market and set the French national flag ablaze, causing chaos in the city.   

Shiite Members During Anti-French Protest In Abuja. Image credit: Sahara Reporters

Abdullahi Musa, the Secretary of the Academic Forum of the Movement, stated that the demonstration was aimed at condemning the action of the French President over the derogatory publication.

In his words, “We set the French flag on fire in reaction to the attack on Islam and Muslims by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, since the heinous crime of publishing cartoons of the Prophet by the magazine Charlie Hebdo.”

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The protest stopped at Wuse market, as motorists were forced to use alternative routes.

As at the time of the protest, there were no security agents present.

Recall that the leadership of the Federal Capital Territory had last Friday, mobilized anti-riot policemen and water canons to the National Mosque with the intention to quell any possible protest by members of the sect.


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