‘Is Nigeria a zoo?’ Lockdown of Abuja, Kaduna by religious group

Islamic Tijjaniyya movement stormed the streets of Abuja and Kaduna to celebrate Maulud Nabiyy, the birth of Prophet Muhammed, on Saturday.

‘Is Nigeria a zoo?’ Lockdown of Abuja, Kaduna by religious group

Islamic Tijjaniyya movement stormed the streets of Abuja and Kaduna to celebrate Maulud Nabiyy, the birth of Prophet Muhammed, on Saturday.

Rabiu Kwankwaso, a serving senator and former governor of Kano state, was among the notable Nigerians who identified with the movement.

Their activities caused traffic gridlock in Abuja and Kaduna and some of those who mistook the sect members for followers of Ibrahim Zakzakky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), attacked IMN on social media.

Below are reactions from Nigerians on social media:

On Facebook, Frederick Nwabufo, a journalist, wrote: “Abuja has been shut down by some religious folks. The city centre is completely inaccessible. And this is the Federal Capital Territory! Is Nigeria a zoo?”

There were also reactions on Twitter

Gimba Kakanda

@gimbakakanda

No, sir. It’s not the Shiites that shut Abuja down yesterday. It’s a Sufi group we call Tariqat al-Tijaniyya or simply Tariqa. They were marking Maulid in honour of one of their leaders, a revered Senegalese cleric called Ibrahim Nyass (d. 1975). https://twitter.com/4eyedmonk/status/985065385799114752 

Gimba Kakanda

@gimbakakanda

The hypocrites going berserk about how the Shiites disrupted vehicular movements in Abuja yesterday, have nothing to say about how the Tariqas celebrating Maulid have shut Abuja down today.

Stuck in traffic in Central Area for the past one hour, and there is no easy way out!

Gimba Kakanda

@gimbakakanda

If the Shiites had shut Abuja and Kaduna down the way the Tariqas did today, we would’ve been counting corpses and graves this evening.

Our Constitution isn’t specific where it says, “every citizen shall have equality of rights, obligations and opportunities before the law.”

Balarabe@Atiku_B

As much as I’m not happy with the unnecessary stress they’re causing,all they’re doing is moving in numbers,not carrying sticks,cutlass or any dangerous weapon,they didn’t close any lane or beat up ppl,Shiites killed people while Zakzaky protected them,this your tweet is shaking https://twitter.com/gimbakakanda/status/984914472509825024 

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Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso@KwankwasoRM

At the annual Maulud of Tijjaniya movement in Abuja.

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Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso@KwankwasoRM

later today I also witnessed the second segment of annual Moulud of Tijjaniyya movement in Kaduna.

 

Stonebridge@OfficialHudan

So this man got into Tijjaniyya movement crowd and started waving hands just for us to assume he’s got all those people. Lol…Kwankwaso you’re a joke. You can do that else where but not in Kano.

Sir Uncle Jay@Dulla_JayArr

Apparently the Moulud celebrated by Tijjaniyya movement in Abuja was sponsored by politicians like Kwankwaso and Labaran Maku. It’s quite unfortunate that religious leaders have allowed politicians to penetrate religious movements.

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