Over 50 Girls Were Abductected By Men Of The Nigerian Army In Zaria

As concern citizens and members of the Islamic movement in Nigeria, we found it of paramount importance to launch a campaign on the disastrous incident that occurred last year in Zaria, which is far beyond the massacre of over 1,000 people. Albeit, we still mourn the tragedy of the loss of our brothers and sisters, but the bitter part of it is the abduction of over 50 girls by men of the Nigerian army.

Last year on 12 to 14 December, we were mercilessly attacked by men of the Nigerian Army (N.A) at our worship centre, Husainiyyah Baqiyyatullah. While we were about to commence an event of a flag hoisting for celebrating the month of Rabi’ul Awwal (The month in which the holy Prophet of Islam was born), the convoy of the chief of army staff arrived and executed a purported plan in which they accused members of the movement of denying the COAS passageway. The army disguised under road blockade and instantly killed over 50 people at the centre. They also proceeded to Gyallesu residence of Sheikh Zakzaky, a far location from the worship centre, where they committed massacre in its fullest. They killed the old and the juveniles, also among those killed were infants.

The Nigerian army spent over 48 hours killing innocent Nigerian citizens without any legal back-up. They notoriously failed to allow the law to take its course. At reaching the house of the leader of the Islamic movement they killed 3 of his biological sons, shot his wife while he watches, and finally shot him in sensitive spots. The Nigerian army whisked the Sheikh and his wife to an unknown destination, and after some few days they handed them over to the DSS.

It is over 9 months now since after the tragedy, and our leader is under the custody of the DSS while sustaining gunshots. One of his eyes will have by now stopped functioning, while the other remaining eye is at danger of malfunctioning as well. Qualified doctors are denied access to him, and he is not been processed through the criminal justice system. We view this act as a violation of the law of the state, and violation of fundamental human rights.

The cruellest act of men of the Nigerian Army in Zaria involved the abduction of girls of age group 14 to 27. The abduction of the girls took place immediately after the disastrous massacre at the residence of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, which is a shameful act that dented the image of the Nigerian Military in the international arena. Every responsible human being will find it worthy to condemn the Zaria girls’ abduction. Men of the Nigerian armed forces acted totally against the guiding principles and ethics of the military profession.

In a situation where Nigerians and parents of the abducted Chibok girls relied heavily with the belief that the army can rescue their abducted children, yet the same army were caught in a new set of abduction paradox. The distinction between Chibok girls’ abduction and Zaria abduction is that, Chibok is related to a group that operates in anonymity, while in Zaria girls’ abduction it was fully undertaken by uniformed men of the Nigerian army. Females are precious species that are highly fragile and sensitive, that is the reason why we launched the #BringBackOurZariaGirls campaign; we hope to see the engagement of human right activists, socialists, feminist groups, and all sympathetic minds in the struggle for the freedom of our abducted girls.