*Just Release Our Leader, KAWAI!*
By Muhammad Darazo
When reading my WhatsApp messages today, I came across a news report with the above title, published by Daily Trust website. Although the reporter decided not to mention the person to whom the source of the report came from, but it represent his irresponsibility and nescience, whosoever he is. It is important to note that Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) and his wife were attacked at their residence following a planned attack by the Nigerian Army, with the intention, knowledge and command of the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, the Chief of army staff, Yusuf Tukur Buratai and the Kaduna state Governor, Nasir Elrufai with fulltime updates as it happened.
It is important to know what happened that fateful day, when the Nigerian Army attacked the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, particularly targeting its leader. On the 12th of December 2015, men of the Nigerian Army, heavily armed with dangerous weapons and bullet reload boxes for exigency, stationed themselves directly opposite the entrance gate of Hussainiyyah Baqiyyatullah. Some brothers of the Islamic Movement went to seek for enquiry from the Army about the abstruse act.
When the brothers asked, the person in charged replied, that they were there to protect the Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) from possible attack, as they were about to commence a passing out parade at DeportNA. The brothers told them that the Islamic movement In Nigeria had never in the past, attack anyone, and the Islamic Movement will never engage in such act, not even in future. The Army couldn’t say anything reasonable, but showing signs that they have a mission to accomplish. As the Islamic Movement had being subjected to illegitimate attacks from the Nigerian Army, the brothers had to insist. When the brothers insisted, the Army took shooting positions, threatening to shoot the members of the Islamic movement at their center.
The brothers called for God’s protection by chanting Allahu Akbar (Allah is great). On hearing that, the Army started shooting the brothers, thereby killing some of them and injured some. After the shooting, the Army retreated to some kilometres.
Some hours later, the Army came back with the convoy of the Chief Of Army Staff. They encountered some youths protesting the murder of their brothers. The Army claimed that they want to pass, while the brothers were trying to forward their complain about the actions of the men of the Nigerian Army. The Army opened fire on the protesters and killed some of them including women and children. The convoy of the Chief Of Army Staff proceeded to its claimed destination. Less than an hour later, another heavier armed group of the Nigerian Army went back to the center. They sieged the center and waited for command until night. While the members of the Islamic Movement were trying to save the lives of the injured victims, women and children were crying woefully for the lost of their loved ones. The Army commenced Hussainiyyah Baqiyyatullah invasion at around 10pm. They killed as much as they could, using dangerous weapons and explosive devices. Hussainiyyah Baqiyyatullah was completely invaded at dawn. Many people were killed while some were injured. The Army arrested the injured and handed them over to the police few days after the crime, while they abducted the surviving girls to date.
The attack was dilated to Gyallesu, the residence of the leader of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H). They killed as much as they could at Gyallesu using every weapon at their disposal. The attack at Gyallesu include rape, torture, burning to death and humiliation of many kind. After successfully killing everyone standing, they moved ahead to humiliate the leader of the Movement. They killed 3 of his 4 remaining sons at his presence, they burnt his sister, Hajia Fatima Yakub Zakzaky to death while he hears her crying voice, they shot his wife 6 times while he watches, and they rained bullets on him. They finally abducted him and his wife and took them to an unknown place while they sustained injuries.
After successfully accomplishing the planned attack, the Kaduna state government led by Nasir Elrufai ordered for the complete destruction of IMN structures, including the cemetery of Sheikh Zakzaky’s mother. With all these happening, members of the Islamic Movement remain peaceful. For someone to put an unnecessary reason like the health condition of Sheikh Zakzaky as the reason why the Government refuse to release him, that represent his irresponsibility. Sheikh Zakzaky was deliberately shot in his eye. The DSS received him in that condition at a time when there was high possibility of saving the injured eye through surgical operations by professional doctors. Instead of the DSS to release him for proper medication, they kept him in what they termed “protective custody”. Today, we all know the condition of Sheikh Zakzaky’s health, we know that he lost one of his eyes and currently struggling to save the other from total lost of sight. Yet, we continue to be peaceful by following all due processes which human effective reasoning suggests.
However, some months ago, the DSS said to the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, that Sheikh Zakzaky is in protective custody. Last month, the presidential spokesman said during an interview with BBC, that the presidency is in no way associated to the crimes committed during Zaria Massacre and its aftermath, including the illegal detention of Sheikh Zakzaky. Now, according to Daily Trust, a source from the Presidency said bla bla bla. Only a corrupted mind will believe that Sheikh Zakzaky is kept under “protective custody with his consent” or for any security issue.
For the case of Malama Zeenah, that she is taking care of her husband. This is a baseless statement. Malama Zeenah is someone that is highly committed to her religious activities. She has activities to attend within the country and internationally. She was never let to attend any of these activities since after her arrest. Even the family members of the Sheikh faced a lot of humiliations before they are left to visit. There were many occasions when they went there and unfortunately, they were denied. It has now being clearly proven beyond doubt, that the Nigerian government has no justifiable reason for holding Sheikh Zakzaky. I therefore use this opportunity to reiterate our demand for his immediate release, payment of compensation as ordered by the court and punishing those involved in the crime from its inception to date as this alone is justice.
No Justice, No Peace!
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