On Tuesday, some Shi’ite Muslims took to the streets of Abuja to protest against the French President, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, after a French citizen published what the group considers ‘offensive’ about their prophet, Muhammad.
Information gathered by Switch Nigeria, reveals that on Wednesday, cartoon images of a naked Prophet Muhammad were projected to the side of a building in Occitanie.
No fewer than 13 persons have lost their lives since the said cartoons were first drawn out in 2006, with Islamic extremists clamping down on anyone who publishes them or talks about them.
Most recently, last month, Samuel Paty, a Civic Education teacher was beheaded by some men after he cited the cartoons as a case study to be argued for or against by his 13-14 year olds.
And so, the story of a 14 year-old cartoon has continued to claim the lives of so many people in France, and across the world.
Which is what the Shi’ite were protesting against today, deciding to set ablaze the French flag to show their grievances.
When interviewed, the secretary of the Academic wing of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Abdullahi Musa said, “We set the French flag on fire in reaction to the attack on Islam and Muslims by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, since the heinous crime of publishing cartoons of the Prophet by the magazine Charlie Hebdo.”
It was gathered that the protests started at NITEL Junction and terminated at Wuse market, thereby causing road users to use alternative routes.