FGN advised to Release and compensate Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky

By Abdulmumin Giwa
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Nigerian government has been called upon to immediately release and compensate the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria IMN, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky as well as his followers in detention.
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The call was made by the former Adviser to the Kaduna State Government on Islamic Religious matters Sheikh Haliru Maraya during a recent tafsir session he convened in Kaduna.
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The former Adviser explained that the clampdown on the IMN on the 12th to 14th of December 2014 under the pretext of blocking the way for the Chief of Army Staff in Zaria is condemnable.
He said that if world leaders would come out and condemn the killing of member of a gay club in the United States then the incessant killing of unarmed men, women and children in Zaria must also be condemned.
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Talking about the possible way to resolve the problem, Sheikh Maraya also advised the Nigerian government to immediately establish a reconciliatory committee to reconcile with the IMN based on the constitutional provisions.
He reminded the government of the need to allow every Nigerian to exercise his right to religion without intimidation.
On the 347 members of the IMN buried in a mass grave, Sheikh Maraya called on the government to immediately contact families of the victims and compensate them as well while he describe what happened as wrong and uncalled for.
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The Islamic scholar added that the government should heed to his advice as there is no way to justify the wrong doing describing his advice as the only way the perpetrators can find peace.
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Refusal to heed to the advice, the sheikh said would only attract God’s anger and punishment in the hereafter.