Following the violent clash between members of the Shiite movement and the Nigerian Army in December 2015, the group have called for a reconstitution of the judicial committee set up by the Kaduna state governor.
The Shiite Islamic Movement in Nigeria has called for the reconstitution of the Judicial Commission of Enquiry setup by Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad Elrufai.
The group in a press conference in Kaduna alleged that a strong member of the commission is against them and their activities.
“We are constrained to address this press conference in the light of developments arising from the premeditated attack on members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, the attack on the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the destruction of its properties by the Nigerian Military and the Kaduna State Government.”
“We also address this press conference against the background of the unlawful detention of hundreds of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria at the Kaduna Central Prison and several other undisclosed detention centers. Those that are being detained are mostly students and civil servants. Majority of them are carrying injuries sustained during attacks by the Nigerian military at the Hussainiyya Headquarters of the movement and in the house of the leader of the movement” AbdulHamid Bello, who read the position of the group, said at the conference.
AbdulHamid Bello said since the attack which took place between the 12th and 16th December 2015, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and its leadership have been further subjected to targeted, unwarranted and vicious attack by the Kaduna State Government, the military, the police and some hired and hack writers engaged by some faceless individuals to attack the leadership and its members.
“The Kaduna State Government completed what the Nigerian Military started and demolished the remaining structures of the movement in a move aimed at denying the movement any foothold in Zaria and its environs” the group said.
“We also find it incongruous that the Kaduna State Government went ahead to name members of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry, inaugurated the said Commission and the said Commission received memorandum from members of the public and the Government has maintained sealed lips regarding what it knows regarding the where about and detention of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.”
“It is now a matter of common knowledge that a Legal Team led by Femi Falana SAN and Festus Okoye Esq have made more than four fruitless attempts to see the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and interview him for the purposes of submitting memorandum to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry and his appearance before the said Commission. Femi Falana SAN and Festus Okoye Esq and other members of the legal team of the Movement have visited the headquarters of the DSS on more than four occasions at the invitation of the DSS for purposes of having audience with the leader of the Movement and all the visits yielded no result. It is therefore clear that there is a laid out plan to prevent the legal team of the Movement from having access to its leader, its spokesperson and the custodian of its properties” the group said.
While calling for reconstitution of the judicial commission of enquiry, the group said Prof. Salihu Shehu has equally been a very vocal, radical, fanatic, and a staunch ‘wahabi/salafi’ preacher as well as a prominent Shi’aphobic figure who in his lectures, presentations, writings and discussions never stops to attack the Islamic Movement and its leadership.
“He holds an age-long resentment against the movement and its leadership. In 2001 in the wake of the Zamfara state Shari’ah debate, the Bayero University Kano invited Shaikh Zakzaky to a symposium on the subject. Prof Salihu Shehu was so hostile and uncontrollable to views of Shaikh Zakzaky that he had to be restrained by Prof Zaharadeen.”
“He has never hidden his disdain for the Islamic movement, its leadership and its activities. Recently and exactly, five days to the Zaria massacre, Salishu Shehu condemned Shi’a on his facebook post” the group added.