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
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 …
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!
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.”
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 …