Islamic Movement of Nigeria made a stunning claim today about Saudi connection with the detention of its leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El Zakzaky and his wife, as it also rebutted the statement by Justice Minister that their freedom lies in the hands of the Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
The group’s spokesman Ibrahim Musa claimed Saudi Crown Prince Salman made a statement during a visit to the US in 2016 that the brutal and inhuman suppression and the continuing illegal detention of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky was part of his major foreign policy achievements.
“Was that not why the Saudi King was the first to call General Buhari in December 2015, soon after the Zaria genocide, to congratulate him for what he called a victory against terrorism?
“Was that not also why General Buhari wanted to smuggle Nigeria into a Saudi-led military alliance at the time in the name of fighting terrorism?
“Was not the then Nigerian Defense Minister, Mansur Dan Ali accorded honour by the Saudi authorities on behalf of the federal government for the role the Nigerian military, an agent of the federal government, played?”, Musa said in a press statement.
P.M.NEWS was unable to corroborate IMN’s claim, but Musa, president of the IMN Media Forum, said the attack on El Zakzaky was part of a domestic action meant to yield some external dividend. Shiites are allied with Iran, rival of Saudi Arabia, custodian Islamic shrines, where Sunni Muslims live. Many Nigerian muslims are Sunni.
Picture of Sheikh Ibraheem El Zakzaky Below
The statement was actually meant to debunk Federal Government abdication from being responsible for the detention of El Zakzaky and his wife since December 2015. Justice Minister and Attorney-General Abubakar Malami made the statement in the wake of the release of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki and Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore. El-Zakzaky was the third famous name in DSS detention.
Musa chronicled the Federal Government involvement in the detention of Zakzaky since the killing of over 1000 Shiite members by the military in Zaria, over an accusation that they wanted to kill Chief of Army Staff Yusuf Buratai.
“Firstly, the Federal government’s criminal complicity in the heinous genocide in Zaria of December, 2015 that led to the extrajudicial murder of over a thousand members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the subsequent arrest and detention of the Sheikh is beyond doubt.
“This much was accepted and testified to by the General himself in an interview he granted a Qatari Television Channel while on a visit there as early as March 2016.
“Secondly, the attacks, arrest and subsequent detention of Sheikh Zakzaky were by federal government agencies. For the past four years, the Department of State Security (DSS) took custody of the Sheikh and his wife from the Army. Nobody is granted access to see him except with the express permission of these federal agents. It even had to take the involvement of the AGF for anyone; even the Kaduna state established Judicial Commission of Inquiry at the time, to access Sheikh Zakzaky.
“Furthermore, when the federal high court declared the detention of the Sheikh and his spouse illegal and unconstitutional and ordered their immediate release from custody forthwith, the order was against the DSS, Nigeria Police Force and the AGF, all representing the federal government. The Kaduna state government was never a party in any of these matters. Who is the AGF now fooling that it is purely Kaduna state affair?
“It is not therefore possible, under any logical reasoning, to exonerate General Buhari and the junta he leads at the federal level from the continued contemptuous detention of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife. Even as the government mischievously concocted a case in Kaduna, three years after the illegal detention, accusing them of aiding and abetting homicide before the Kaduna state high court, these charges have since been squashed by the same court when hundreds of those who stood trial, who the duo supposedly aided and abetted, had since been discharged and acquitted. The case against Sheikh Zakzaky is therefore only a mischievous attempt at keeping the revered leader in perpetual illegal detention.
“Finally, we call on the Buhari regime to stop deceiving the public by trying to paint itself as Saint in a place its actions are glaringly worse than those of the devil. It should simply obey the court judgment, free the revered Sheikh and stop further false and fake cases with the deliberate intention of keeping him in detention”.