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El-Zakzaky alleges attacks on Shiites by Islamic clerics

Members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria led by Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky have condemned Islamic leaders in the North for allegedly launching a campaign of calumny and inciting the government of President Muhammadu Buhari against the Shiites.

Leaders of the group argued that “having failed in previous machinations through past governments to crush the Islamic Movement in Nigeria led by Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, some envious and disgruntled Islamic scholars have decided to use their pulpits in this holy month of Ramadan as a launching pad for attack on Shiites and all that it stands for”.

A statement issued by the Shiites movement and signed by the Media officer of Sheikh El-Zakzaky, Mallam Ibrahim Usman, pointed out that “not only are these disgruntled trouble hatchers are turning their Tafsir sessions as incubators of mayhem and massacre, they are preparing the new administration against the Shi’a community in Nigeria”.

Usman, who gave the genesis of the alleged attack against members of the Islamic movement, said: “It all started before Ramadan with an open call by Izala/Salafi group to all its envoys dispatched to all states to use the Ramadan Tafsir for attack on Shi’ites.” He said “shortly after this directive, a don in the Department of Engineering at Bayero University, Kano, obviously within the Izala/Salafi fold, wrote an uncouth letter to President Buhari requesting him to, as a matter of national security, deal with the Shiites, which he described as a potential danger to the country.”
“According to the don, the Shiites are more dangerous than Boko Haram and therefore must be nipped in the bud. He also demanded that all Shiites holding public offices be removed,” the group alleged.

Usman also alleged that “during the presentation of its 2014 Ramadan report in Kaduna, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) through its Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, used the occasion to also vent his deep-seated hatred for the Shi’a voice in Nigeria, and particularly Kaduna State.” Usman said Aliyu “described Shi’a Tafsir as a highly dangerous trend taking the airwaves in public radio and television stations that should be given a blackout.”

According to him, a “few days to the commencement of Ramadan, another group, Ahlul Sunnah Wal Jama’ah which held a Tafsir train-the trainer workshop in Kaduna with mostly renowned anti-Shi’a elements in attendance, called on the government to, as a matter of urgency, take decisive action against weapon brandishing sects in Zaria and nip it in the bud.
“The result of all these meetings and call for violence was the present mode of Tafsir sessions that are constantly replete with war cries, while relegating the true teachings of Islam to the background. From Sultan Bello to Tudunwada Kaduna to Sani Zangon Daura mosques, the trend runs; heavily dosed with verbal attacks, campaigns of calumny and blatant lies and fabrications, rather than following etiquette of Tafsir and preaching.”

The movement alleged that “The story is the same in other states such as Sokoto, where the Izala envoy for this year’s Ramadan Tafsir charged gullible listeners and followers to launch offensive on the Shiites. In Kaduna, the Salafists held a breakfast at the Sultan Bello Mosque last Thursday with the emerging area boys in Kaduna called that have become an eyesore to the society.
“These area boys are presently on the loose, launching senseless attacks on communities in Kaduna metropolis. Government, through its security operatives, is currently on the alert over the heinous crime being committed by these hooligans. A group in Kaduna is now recruiting these unwanted and blacklisted elements to fight the Shiites this Ramadan. They used the same tactic to launch attack on residence of Shaikh Zakzaky, which failed”.

The Shiites’ statement further read: “More consistent and vocal are the Tafsir sessions at the Sultan Bello and Sani Zangon Daura mosques. On the 19th day of Ramadan, the moderator of what one can equate with a talk show charged the atmosphere with insults, while unleashing venoms on Shi’a.
“We are surprised how the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) could allow such inciting statement to be aired unhindered. We are tempted to ask: What happens to the National Broadcasting Commission Act, which upholds the principles of equity and fairness in broadcasting?

“The Shiites have the right to be heard and operate, like other religious groups with equal rights. Peaceful co-existence in this country cannot be guaranteed with some people trying to impose on the government and its people imported sectarian hatred and violence from foreign shores.
“We view this as a calculated attempt by these trouble makers and contractors of faith in religious garbs to instigate and lobby the present government to do their dirty work. They are specifically envious of the mass acceptance of the Islamic movement as a popular and mass movement that people are coming to terms with.

“We also see this as a grand plot sponsored by the enemies of humanity, the global oppressors of the weak (U.S., Israel and their satanic ally- Saudi Arabia) to stop and possibly attack the Quds Day procession, as they did last year in which they killed 34 people in Zaria.
“We, the media wing of the Islamic movement in Nigeria, deem it necessary to call on all lovers of peace and freedom to take note, and not to be deceived by these satanic instigations and call for violence and anarchy.

“Known for its peaceful conduct over the years, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the spiritual guardianship of His Eminence Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) will by Allah’s grace this Friday conduct its 33rd Quds Day procession in series across major cities in Nigeria, together with other nations, groups and individuals across the world. The Quds Day procession is to identify with the plight of the oppressed Palestinians in the gruesome clutches of Zionist illegal state of Israel and its cohorts.

“Through the peaceful march, we are symbolizing our concern and identifying with the oppressed people across the world, irrespective of faith, creed or boundary. Through commemorating the International Quds Day advocated by late Imam Khomeini, we get a better understanding of the injustices and genocide taking place across the world today. This is what the oppressors and their puppets do not want and want to stop at all costs.”
“We use this medium to condemn the Tuesday bomb attack in Sabon Gari Zaria Local Government secretariat in which many civil servants attending screening exercise were killed. The attack was a callous act of sponsored terrorists through international conspiracy. While praying for the repose of the soul of the dead, we pray for quick recovery of the injured.”



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