*demands Zakzaky release .
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Students and followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Yaqoub Zakzaky, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) on Saturday, accused the President Muhamadu Buhari-led Federal Government of “allegedly blatantly romancing suspected terrorists.”
Addressing a press conference in Ibadan through its South West Coordinator of the Movement, Malam Muftau Zakariya after a Median Interfaith Symposium with the theme, : “The role of Faith in Checking Ethnic and Sectarian Violence”, the movement also asked government to release Sheikh Zakzaky according to the rule of law.
IMN stressed that rather than romancing the suspected terrorists, the time has come for the government to respect rule of law knowing fully well that the only guarantee for peace in Nigeria is for the government and all people of conscience to always be ready to obey the rule of law.
” Today, the government has failed to project Shi”tes as terrorists, they have failed to proof that we have ever attacked anyone. On the contrary it is the General Muhammadu Buhari administration that is seen blatantly romancing terrorists. It is this government that is giving amnesty to known terrorists”, he said.
The IMN SW Coordinator alleged further, ” it is this government that is empowering terrorists with millions of dollars of Nigerian assets!”, adding, ” anyone that is seen using power to enrich terrorists shall face prosecution in the future.”
Malam Zakariya emphasized that ” the only thing capable of saving our country today is the observance of the rule of law”, saying, “if citizens can go to court and seek redress, if Police will go after criminals and prosecute them, then citizens would not revert to self help and jungle justice.
” Nigerians are unanimous that all is not well with this nation,while we have different solutions to this singular problem”, adding, ” the truth is that we all want a lasting solution. General Muhammadu Buhari or PMB came to power on the massive wave of change mantra which everyone expected. What has gone wrong?.
” Today we are organising an interfaith symposium to allow religious leaders across Muslim and Christians lines to discuss how to have an enduring peace. Our humble opinion as students and followers of Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub al Zakzaky. This is what he has spent years teaching and spent his life practising”.
He stressed, ” this is a man whose 6 sons have been murdered by the Nigerian police. 1000 plus of his followers were killed and then buried in mass graves. In 2017 competent court in Abuja gave a judgement that the Nigerian government must release him and his wife Mallama Zeenah and compensation be of N25million each be paid and a house anywhere he wants in Nigeria. Since the court order has been disobeyed.”
” Today a court in Kaduna where 234 Shi”tes has been acquitted for allegedly killing a soldier,is again trying Sheikh Zakzaky for an offence for which he has been discharged and acquitted. The court in Kaduna is trying Sheikh Zakzaky as an accomplice to murder of an alleged soldier,the irony is this same court has acquitted all the 234 Shi”tes accused of killing the soldier,and yet Sheikh Zakzaky is still being put through a farce of a trial. Which is why the council to Sheikh Zakzaky,Mr Femi Falana had served a no case submission to have the ludicrous case against Sheikh Zakzaky dismissed.”