Plan to Attack Sheikh Zakzaky's convoy; Islamic Scholars Caution Government
Following the recent plan to attack the convoy of the revered Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, Islamic scholars have warned the government of the dire consequences if the attempt is put to action. It would be recalled that on Saturday 1st February, 2014, a Zaria based Islamic preacher Auwal Albani was killed along Gaskiya Area in Zaria on his way from a lecture. A week later Nigerian Military was deployed to Gyallesu Area, where Sheikh Zakzaky resides. Sheikh Zakzaky exposed their evil machination to plant weapons in the area and used it as evidence to implicate the Islamic Movement as the force behind the killing, and their plan to assassinate him two days later on his way to or from Hussainiyyah Baqiyyatullah to make it look like an act of revenge by the Salafis. An Abuja based Islamic Scholar in the fold of the Islamic Movement t in Nigeria Malam Abubakar Abdul-Azeez Abu Sumayyah, has strongly condemned those behind the plan to assassinate Sheikh Zakzaky, describing the plan as an international conspiracy to protect the interest of United States, Israel and their western allies. Speaking at the pre- Khutba Friday Sermon in Area One Central Mosque, the scholar said Nigerian government through its security operatives would fail woefully in their plan as had been the case in several attempts made. He also said the Nigerian government sees Islamic Movement in Nigeria as a threat to its existence as a corrupt and unjust government, with Sheikh Zakzaky as the only genuine leader in their way He therefore warned Nigerian government to mind their business and steer clear of Sheikh Zakzaky and the Islamic Movement, in the interest of peace and harmony. He also called on members of the Islamic Movement to engage in fervent prayers for the destruction of enemies of peace and humanity. Similarly in Kaduna, Malam Muhammad Mukhtar Sahabi during the occasion of Maulud Khatmah used the occasion to warn those planning to assassinate Sheikh Zakzaky of dire consequences associated with their evil intention. “It has now become clear that the government is waging war against Shi’a and Sheikh Zakzaky through their actions”. According to him, it has also become so glaring that the Kaduna state government in conjunction with some Islamic scholars in Kaduna are sponsoring the war against Sheikh Zakzaky and Shi’a through various campaign strategies. Malam Mukhtar Sahabi cited an example of an Anti- Shi’a book launch attended by many government officials, where they donated so much money, while none of them ever honored Maulud invitation sent to them by the Movement. He said, the presence of the security operatives exactly a week after the assassination of Albani in Zaria was a testimony to the eagerness of the Nigerian government to execute the orders of their masters, US and Israel, with Sheikh Zakzaky as the prime target. He therefore warned: “There could only be peace if Malam is at peace”.