By Ibrahim Imam, Kaduna – The Nigerian Army Thursday warned members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria against what it described as “misleading comments”, capable of breaching peace and order.
In a statement by its Spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, the Army accused the group of peddling falsehood against the military.
It specifically accused one Dr. Abdullahi Danladi, a University lecturer of misrepresenting facts about the recent incident involving the military and the Ibraheem El Zakzaky-led Shiite Muslim sect.
The Army advised members of the public to disregard the said misinformation and await outcome of investigations carried out by the government and some agencies.
“The army is aware of clandestine campaign of calumny and misinformation on the incident of December 12, 2015 in Zaria.
“A group of high ranking members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), led by one Dr Abdullahi Danladi, a lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria misrepresented facts about the incident
“He was at the university on Wednesday soliciting for support and telling lies about the circumstances surrounding the incident and the incident itself.
“He also went further to make false and unfounded allegations of casualty figures and desecration of burial grounds.
“Dr Abdullahi Danladi and like-minded individuals should be warned to desist from telling lies and misrepresentation of facts capable of misleading the general public.
” The statement said the actions of Danladi was preposterous and showed lack of concern and respect for peace and tranquility.
It warned that the army will not sit back and allow “some mischievous elements” in the society to further create unnecessary tension and disaffection in the society.
“This attitude will not be tolerated where people abuse their privileged position to mislead the public, create disaffection,” the Army stated.
“Nigerians and indeed all well-meaning people are please enjoined to be patient and await the outcome of the various enquiries instituted by various government and non-governmental agencies,” it added.