The Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, pledged to sacrifice 21 million of its members if the federal government could not release its leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
IMN issued the warning during its protest in Ikeja, Lagos state, on Thursday.
The band members sang several songs, demanding that the administration headed by President Muhammadu Buhari respect judicial orders and release El-Zakzaky.
Addressing journalists during the protest, the south-western coordinator of IMN, Mr. Muftau Zakariya, asked the national leader of the progressive congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, to prevail over Buhari to free the leader.
According to Zakariya, the group would not stop protesting until Buhari freed El-Zakzaky.
He said: “We are ready to die if our leader is not released. If they are ready to kill us, we have 21 million lives to offer. I know that Nigerian soldiers do not have 21 million bullets to shoot at us.
“It’s true that there are 21 million Shi’ites in Nigeria, and if they kill our leader, which country will they have to rule by 2023.
“Buhari got to the office because the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, assisted him. It was Tinubu that started the movement and spent his money to ensure that the party assumes power. We’re calling on Tinubu, to talk to the President, who is a member of his party to free our leader. If he allows the President to continue to kill our members, there will not be Nigeria in 2023. We’re not happy over the continued detention of our leader.”
This is coming barely 48-hours after members of the groups invaded the National Assembly and forcibly took over the complex and injured six policemen in the process.
The protesters were said to have overpowered security men at the popular Mopol (Mobile Policemen) gate, and entered the second gate.
Soon after they entered, the Shi’ites members started vandalising vehicles that were either coming or going out of the National Assembly. The mayhem forced workers and visitors to scamper for safety.