LEA will take “any necessary actions” against Shi’ites – Garba Shehu

Following the approval of the Federal High Court to proscribe the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, the Presidency has now given the law enforcement agencies order to take “any necessary action” against Shi’ites.

The Presidency, through its spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said this.

Shehu during a live programme on Channels TV reffered to Shi’ites as an “unlawful organization”.

EL ZAKZAKY: Another danger looming?

He said:

“In Kaduna, it (proscription) worked. These troublesome people were chased out of the state. They no longer have a foothold there. They moved over to Abuja and that is why we have them here. It (court order) will be enforced.

“You said IPOB is still there but it is no longer a lawful organisation. And what that means is that the law enforcement agencies in the country have the right to take whatever steps necessary in order to deal with their activities if it surfaces.”

He added when asked what would happen if another IMN protest was staged, Shehu responded they would not be allowed to do so.

“My advice is that they better not do that. It won’t be allowed. They are not allowed to protest anymore,” he said.

He was further asked why the Nigerian government failed to obey court orders for the release of Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife, Shehu said El Zakzaky was only granted bail on just one of the matters he was being held on.

Ibrahim El Zakzaky

EL ZAKZAKY: Another danger looming?

The nation’s statistics on casualties of terrorists attack is over 10,000, a billion more has been lost property wise. Innocent children, aged, adults, teens, infants.

This menace has spared no age bracket. Muslims, Christians, atheists have all met their death through terrorism. No tribe has been spared, either Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Efik, or Ibibio. Terrorism has been the cause of death to anyone and everyone unfortunate enough to be at the scene of attacks.

From sporadic shootings, to suicide bombing, from pipeline vandalism, to ethnic/religious clashes, to herdsmen killings. The nation has suffered a great ordeal in the hands of the perpetrators of this inhumane act. Millions have lost their homes, children has been separated from their parents, maims and brutality at it’s peak, a disaster that could’ve been contained if taken serious from the start.

When the former Boko Haram leader Muhammad Yussuf was first arrested on the 13th of Nov 2008, for being the leader of a sect that attacked a police station in Maiduguri (an attack that led to the death of 17 Boko Haram members), he was released to walk freely by an Abuja high court judge without much investigation or probing. His sect went on to cause 300 more deaths, before he was arrested again on the 29th of July 2009. Few hours after Yussuf’s arrest, he was killed in custody an act that further fuelled the fire of inhumanity burning in his followers, after their leader’s demise, they’ve went on to cause more than 10,000 deaths and series of bombing (including the united nation’s building) and kidnapping (majorly young females) till date.

But it seems our government does not learn from the past, perhaps they’re too busy to learn from history books. This is because another danger is looming, one that might even rock the nation more than the Boko Haram sect and that’s the shi’a/Islamic movement of Nigeria’s group.

There has been an unjust treatment and infringement on the human rights of this group since its inception in Nigeria.

On Friday the 26th of July 2014, when Islamic movement group held their Quds day rally (a pro-Palestinian procession that comes up every last Friday in the month of Ramadan) the Nigerian army opened fire on an harmless, fasting group of people having their rally, 35 members were shot dead including three sons of the movements leader in person of Ibrahim El Zakzaky.

There were no form of provocation from the sect, they were having their peaceful rally but the Nigerian army took it upon themselves to kill 35 innocent citizens

“I am appealing to my followers to be patient and remain calm. After the burial of those killed, we will decide what action to take. I have communicated with the authorities, and they are all claiming not to be aware of the operation. It is my belief that the operation was ordered from Abuja.”

That was the speech of a man who had just lost three of his sons as at then, he never instigated any act of war or violence as a means of revenge or personal vendetta. He portrayed what the religion he believed in commands, Peace.

On Saturday the 12th of December 2015, under the rule of President Muhammad Buhari, the Nigeria army carried out another massacre in Zaria, Kaduna state on the Shi’ites/members of Islamic movement in Nigeria. Over 348 members were killed including another three of El Zakzaky’s surving six sons, Zakzaky was injured an arrested along side his wife. The army alleged that the harmless group were planning to kill Gen. Tukur Buratai (the chief of army staff).

International demonstrations were held across different countries to condemn this act.

“In January 2016, the Kaduna State Government formed the Commission for Judicial Inquiry into the causes of clashes in Zaria between the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the Nigerian Army in December 2015, under the chairmanship of Justice Mohammed Garba (the presiding justice of the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal)

On 1 August 2016, the commission of inquiry found out that the army gunned down 348 Shiites and urged the prosecution of all those involved in the killings.

According to the judgment of the high court of Nigeria on 2 December 2016, Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky was ordered to be released from Department of State Services detention into police custody within 45 days. El Zakzaky and his wife were to be paid the sum of 50 million Naira ($164,052) in compensation. On January 13, 2018, Zakzaky, detained at an unknown location without charges since December 2015, made a short public appearance, his first in two years, being allowed to see his doctor.” (source: Wikipedia)

After increasing and incessant protest from the members of IMN ( Islamic movement of Nigerian), the government slammed El Zakzaky with an 8 count charges of homicide On the 26th of April 2018, a crime allegedly committed by him during the Dec 2015 clash. After almost three years of detention with no charges.

We can only pray for El Zakzaky not to die, before he regains his freedom. And also pray for his lawyer (Barr. Femi Falana) for God to help him represent the leader successfully when the court hearing begins. If not no one knows where this followers might swing their pendulum of revenge, even though we don’t pray for such. Another terrorist attack might start in form of vendetta. Enough of blood spillage, the government needs to be wise in dealing with this matter.


O. Olanrewaju Trimiziu (OOHTEE)

Don’t test our patience, President Buhari warns Shi’ites

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that the protesting members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, otherwise known as Shi’ites, were testing the patience of the Federal Government with their violent protests in Abuja.

He said the FG might be forced to act with maximum force to defend the interest of the majority of Nigerians.

Reacting to the killing of Deputy Commissioner of Police Usman Umar and National Youth Service Corps member, Precious Owolabi, during Monday’s protest by the sect, Buhari called on any group carrying out violent protests to stop now, else the government would take decisive actions against them.

“Let nobody or group doubt or test our will to act in the higher interest of the majority of our citizens,” a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, quoted Buhari as saying.

The President said he was deeply touched by the death of Umar and Owolabi as he condoled with their families and the management of Channels TV, where the corps member was attached to.

He described the two as “law-abiding, hard-working and vibrant Nigerians with a promising future.”