The Arewa Youth Leaders’ Forum has canvassed for the pardon and release of detained to members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiite Sect by the military authorities.
The group also apologised to the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai over the incident of December 2015 when his life came under threat as the sect members obstructed his convoy in Kaduna state.
The Forum’s decision to appeal on behalf of the detained sect members was reached at a roundtable dialogue and was made known to journalists in a statement jointly signed by the forum’s president and secretary, Isah Ocheja and Jonah Ali.
The statement said: “we resolved at our roundtable in Abuja on Saturday, February 5, 2016 to apologize to the Chief of Army Staff and the Nigerian Government and beg for pardon for detained members of the (Shiite) sect to be released with a promise not to engage in further acts of terrorism.”
The statement further disclosed that the group plans to reach out to the National Assembly while consultations would be embarked upon with traditional rulers on why no individual or group of persons should allow their children to be indoctrinated and radicalised to commit any act of terrorism again.