#ZariaMassacre: WHOSE RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED?
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, #IMN has being organising a flag hoisting ceremony to mark the beginning of each Rabi'ul Auwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar, the month in which the holy prophet of Islam (SAWA) was born. The flag hoisting ceremony is annually organized in demonstration of love to prophet Muhammad (SAWA). During the annual ceremony, parade, displays, speech and prayers are usually observed by members of the movement. On Saturday, the 12th December, 2015, such ceremony was organized by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria as it tallies with the 1st of Rabi'ul Auwal. Unfortunately, as members of the movement were preparing, an usual appearance of some men of the Nigerian Army, heavily armed with dangerous weapons and bullet reload boxes for exigency, stationed directly opposite the entrance gate of Hussainiyyah Baqiyyatullah (the movement's head quarter) evoked the attention of some brothers of the Islamic Movement to seek for enquiry from the Army about the abstruse act. When the brothers asked, the person in charged replied, that they were there to protect the Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) from possible attack, as they were about to commence a passing out parade at DeportNA. The brothers told them that the Islamic movement In Nigeria had never in the past, attack anyone, and the Islamic Movement will never engage in such act, not even in future. The Army couldn't say anything reasonable, but showing some signs of having a mission to accomplish. As the Islamic Movement had being subjected to illegitimate attacks from the Nigerian Army, the brothers had to insist. When the brothers insisted, the Army took shooting positions, threatening to shoot the members of the Islamic movement at their center. The brothers called for God's protection by chanting Allahu Akbar (Allah is great). On hearing that, the Army started shooting the brothers, thereby killing some of them and injured some. After the shooting, the Army retreated to some kilometres. Some hours later, the Army came back with the convoy of the Chief Of Army Staff. They encountered some youths protesting the just concluded murder of their brothers. The Army claimed that they want to pass, while the brothers were trying to forward their complain about the actions of the men of the Nigerian Army to their officers that were present at the scene. The Army opened fire on the protesters and killed some of them including women and children. The convoy of the Chief Of Army Staff proceeded to their destination. An hour later, another heavier armed group of the Nigerian army went back to the center. They sieged the center and waited for command until night. While the members of the Islamic Movement were trying to save the lives of the injured victims, women and children were crying woefully for the lost of their loved ones. The Army commenced Hussainiyyah Baqiyyatullah invasion at around 10pm. They killed as much as they could, using dangerous weapons and explosive devices. Hussainiyyah Baqiyyatullah was completely invaded at dawn. Many people were killed while some were injured. The Army arrested the injured and handed them over to the police few days after the crime, while they abducted the surviving girls to date. The attack was dilated to Gyallesu, the residence of the leader of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H). They killed as much as they could at Gyallesu using every weapon at there disposal. The attack at Gyallesu include rape, torture, burning to death and humiliation of many kind. After successfully killing everyone standing, they moved ahead to humiliate the leader of the Movement. They killed 3 of his 4 remaining sons at his presence, they burnt his sister, Hajia Fatima Yakub Zakzaky to death while he hears her voice, they shot his wife 6 times while he watches, and they rained bullets on him. They finally abducted him and his wife and took them to an unknown place while they sustained injuries. One of the victims of the #ZariaMassacre whose life has been ruined by a bullet of the Nigerian army in her private part revealed that, together with her, the IMN missing girls were taken to Basawa Barrack in Zaria. She was taken to the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital due to the worsening of her injury. It is important to know that she was shot in her private part because she resisted rape from the men of the Nigerian army. After the massacre, a video recorded by the men of the Nigerian army show some members of the Islamic movement in Nigeria been burnt to death by the army. After the massacre, the army together with the Kaduna state Government buried 347 corpses in a mass grave, as confessed by the Kaduna state Government. The fact that the said corpses were not examined by any qualified doctor to ensure that they are dead, it is possible that some people were buried alive. Since after the massacre, members of the Islamic movement in Nigeria have being protesting the illegal detention of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H), his wife and some members of the movement. There have been threat of attack from the army and police whenever the movement organize a protest. The reports of both the Kaduna state Judicial Commission of Inquiry #JCI and the National Human Rights Commission found members of the Islamic movement in Nigeria culpable of violating the Chief Of Army Staff's right of way. The reports failed to find the Nigerian army culpable after all evidence that were presented. The report also failed to hold the COAS, the president, the Kaduna state Government/Governor culpable after the Nigerian army spent 3 days killing innocent and defenseless people, instead, they found Sheikh Zakzaky culpable of "not being able to control his followers". With all the evidences presented, I don't think if any freethinker will find it difficult to understand whose rights were violated. #FreeZakzaky #BringBackOurZariaGirls 3/11/2016 Muhammad Darazo