Though the judicial commission of inquiry set up to look into the Army/Shiite clash is yet to conclude its investigations, but several shocking revelations and testimonies coming out from the sittings of the commission have indicted the Shiite group also known as Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).
Shocking amongst several testimonies at the commission today were presentations by known or erudite Islamic scholars who described Zakzakky’s brand of religion un-Islamic and his group as extremist.
The commission today were regale with tales of the many atrocities and crimes of the IMN against innocent Nigerians All the testimonies presented were against the activities of the IMN except that of one Prof. Dahiru yahaya, a lecturer with the Bayero university who testified in support of El-zakzaky and his members.
Prof. Yahaya had until recently been a known critic of IMN. Checks however revealed that his views about the IMN took a dramatic turn following his recent trip to Iran. It would be recalled that the Iranian government has publicly backed the activities of IMN.
Meanwhile, a presentation by another erudite scholar, Prof. Garba Bala from Usman Danfodio university vehemently supported what the Nigerian military did in subverting the activities of the IMN as the step in the right direction. He described the intervention and conduct of the Nigerian Military as timely and professional, an action according to him that prevented a full scale war on the state.
In his presentation, one Muhammed Balarabe from Zaria emirate criticised the activities of the IMN, accusing the leader of misleading the youths under the guise of religion. He noted a particular incident that happened to him when he was held in a traffic caused by the members of IMN who barricade the highway for more than 6 hours just to get access to his residence.
He commended the Army for their conduct and professionalism exhibited by own troops during the crisis and that his organisation will continue to support the Nigerian Army any day, anytime under such circumstance. The coalition of Muslim Ulamas was represented by one ENGR. Bashir Adamu Aliyu. In his own testimony, he described the activities of the IMN as evil.
He explained that the doctrine of the IMN contradicted the teachings of Islam and therefore called on the government to do something very urgent before the situation gets out of hand. He tendered some video clips to show how El-zakzaky and his wife in different fora called for total revolution against the government.
The clips were tendered as exhibit. Our reporter also gathered that being aware of the possible outcome of the commission, the IMN have began some sinister moves to scuttle the report of the commission if it is indicted.
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