Detention of Sheikh Zakzaky, Security and Public Interest or Assassination Attempt?
All conscious and right thinking human being could simply judge the atrocities of Nigerian Army in Zaria massacre of December 2015 as a planned mission by the President Buhari’s administration to crush peaceful Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the guardianship of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky as directed by western imperialist precisely United State. The time has come which Nigerian Government should stop deceiving herself as the perpetrators of these heinous acts against its own citizens and stop naming it Army/Shi’ite clash. Nigerians are wondering why the President Buhari’s government refused to obey the court judgement of Justice Gabriel Kolawale, of Federal High Court Abuja delivered on 2nd December, 2016. Justice Kolawale, while delivering judgement on Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/281/2016 declared that the detention of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky with his wife Malam Zeenat as illegal and unconstitutional, and should be release within 45 days with compensation of N 50,000,000. Reliable sources from Presidency as published by several National Dailies disclosed that the government will not release Sheikh Zakzaky due to security and public interest, but Mr. Garba Shehu has to explain to Nigerians the meaning of security and public interest. The questions people are asking include does the Islamic Movement taken up arms against the State? How many innocent Nigerians they killed since the inception of the movement over 3 decades in this country. Why the Nigerian Government did not tell Federal High Court that they were keeping Sheikh for security and public interest. During the case, they claimed that, he is in protective custody to save his life from Gyallesu residents in Zaria. Another question being asked by people is that the attack on followers of Sheikh Zakzaky in December 2015 in Zaria, which resulted to the death of over 1000 innocent Shia Muslims including women children and aged ones, some were burnt alive and buried in mass grave secretly in the night was all for security and public interest? Frankly speaking no responsible democratic government could justify the atrocities of Zaria massacre on the issue based on security and public interest, since arms and ammunitions had never been found in any of their Islamic centres, including in Katsina State the country home of President Buhari. The Presidency also said the wife of Sheikh Zakzaky was not in detention but when did Malama Zeenat Ibraheem appoint presidency as her mouthpiece? Why can’t they allow her to speak to the world that she is not in detention? A reliable sources disclosed that on several occasions the DSS operatives denied access to her medical doctors despite the fact that she was in need of medical attention from various gun injuries she sustained during the Army attack at her matrimonial home The presidency should have told Nigerians that the attack on followers of Islamic Movement at Funtua in Katsina State,,Jos in Plateau State, Sokoto, Kano and Kaduna during Ashura commemoration in which resulted to the deaths of 100 innocent Nigerians during their religious gathering was also because of security and public interest? It is shameful for government that were duly elected to protect lives and properties of Nigerians, irrespective of their religion, tribes, gender or political affiliation, to turn it responsibility upside-down and be killing the citizens. It is pertinent to Nigerians and the global community to know that both the initial mission of attacking Sheikh Zakzaky and the present incarceration of the Sheikh is to assassinate him and crush the peaceful Islamic Movement in Nigeria. Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has more than 20 million followers across Nigeria, and instead of the government to prosecute any member of the movement found culpable before any court of competent jurisdiction, the government decided to unleash terror and massacre on members of the movement. The President Buhari must know that Nigerian is not under military rule and he has sworn with the holy Qur’an as a Muslim to obey the rule of law of Nigerian constitution. Section 24 of the 1999 constitution provides: It shall be the duty of every citizen to: Abide by this constitution; respect its ideas and its institution, the National Flag, National anthem, the National pledge and legitimate authorities. Nigeria is multi-religious country, only enemy of the country can think of assassinating a great Islamic scholar like Sheikh Zakzaky and assume that such assassination attempt could be carried-out for the purpose of maintaining peaceful co-existence, security or serve the public interest. The human right activist are not surprise with the violation of human right by former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari, because of his previous record. It could be recalled on seizing power, he enacted the following Decree No. 1 of 1984, Decree No. 2 of 1984, Decree No. 3 of 1984, Decree No. 4 of 1984. Others include Decree 7, 8, 9,16,17,20 and the total draconian Decrees had negative effect on human right rating at the International plain as they either suspended or modified the right. The enactment were not limited to the military reign of Buhari alone; other successive military regimes follow the same procedure by enacting draconian laws without following due process. Buhari is on trend of leaving bad legacy for himself in the history of Nigeria, which his offspring and grandchildren will deny associating themselves with him; unlike, Sir Ahmadu Bello Sardauna of Sokoto, Malam Aminu Kano and General Murtala Muhammad that the prestige of their name is proud to the society.
Written by Saminu Azare