This is the conversation that the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria His Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) had with BBC this evening (8/05/2015) as regards what is happening in Gyallesu (Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky(H)’s resident).
BBC Hausa: Malam, concisely what happened today?
Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H): It all started yesterday, we saw some people with matchet heading towards this house (Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H)’s resident) in the night around 10:00PM. Some of the Movement’s guards chased them away. I heard they returned in larger number this morning. They returned with the intention of attacking. From all indications we suspected they were sent. They want to use this as an avenue to deploy security personnel because vehicles of security personnel were sighted in large number far away waiting. Some of them were also heard telling people around to give way so that soldiers will not come an think they also Shiites and shoot them. This implies that it was conspired by the security personnel to attack us.
BBC Hausa: Malam, some people are insinuating that residents of the vicinity want the gates removed, they do not agree with the gate been placed there.
Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H): This could not be the reason someone will be threatening people’s life with matchet. If they really claim that is there reason they should discuss the matter amicably with the residents of the vicinity (if they were actually residents of the street), but these are people who we do not know where they are sent from. There is no single person identified to be from the street among them.
BBC Hausa: From yesterday to this hour did anybody get injured or died from your followers or other people?
Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H): We do not know of any, we know they are attacking us and we are sending them away.
BBC Hausa: Malam, what does this means, similar problems were recorded in the past and now it is repeating itself?
Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H): The problem is from the security personnel. I think they are not satisfied, since they want to kill Me. They killed my children, it is not enough, and they brought series of attacks. Therefore, this is also their plan. But this time around we understood the Emirate is involved, because the Hakimi (traditional ruler of the area) and some other traditional rulers. They master-minded the attack. They are now hiding under the pretense of the residence of the vicinity been the attackers. There is no way it will be the residents of the vicinity, I have lived here for almost 20 years, who did I ever had grudges with? How will I even have grudges with my neighbors? If those in power will bring out their soldiers to shoot let them go ahead, and claim responsibilities. Just the way they shoot on Quds day procession and killed and didn’t say nothing up till now. Let them come out and shoot the way they want but we don’t fight with people.
BBC Hausa: Malam, since you know where the problem is did you report to anyone or have you taken any measure.
Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky: We report only to Allah (T), He is never unjust and insha Allah He is going to assist and protect us.
BBC Hausa: In this situation what advice will you give to your followers? Because your followers will be disturbed about what is happening. Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H): The people know those showing antipathy against us, they are those in power. They are working for their foreign allies that is it. Our brothers will give best of their support and Allah (T) is the protector.