Shiites defy Kaduna Government, stage massive protest

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Hundreds of members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, on Saturday marched in Kaduna to demand the release of their spiritual leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The protesters closed down the popular Ahmadu Bello way causing heavy traffic on the road.

As they walked through the busy Gumi market, they sang praises of Mr. El-Zakzaky and called on the government to release him from detention.

“We are not terrorist, we are Nigerians, free our leader, free El-Zakzaky” they said.

Mr. El-Zakzaky has been detained without trial, by the Nigerian government since December after over 300 members of his group were killed by soldiers.

The army said the members blocked a public road and plotted to kill the Army chief, Tukur Buratai, a claim the Shiites denied.

Local and international human rights groups have condemned the killings and called for the prosecution of the soldiers involved.

A panel set up by the Kaduna government confirmed the killings and called for the prosecution of the soldiers who authorised the shootings. The panel also recommended the disbandment of the IMN. While the soldiers are yet to be prosecuted, the Kaduna State Government has outlawed the IMN.

On Saturday, members of the group said they were not deterred and would continue to demand the release of their leader.

“We are not afraid of anybody. All we are asking is for the government to release our leader. I am not afraid of death,” a female protester said.

Unlike recent protests embarked upon by the group recently, the police on Saturday did not disrupt the march.


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  • John A

    Freedom of worship, that what is called.

    • Hamza

      This is not worship. Freedom of being lawless it is!

      • Netanyahu

        Are you lawful? Terrorists.

        • Powerlessconscious

          Within the law of the land. Can you do house to house envagelism in the uk and you will not be arrested? Can you do open air crusade in the UK? Where is the freedom of worship? Any practice in any country must be with the law of the land..

        • Smart

          Netanyahu is a name of a blood sucker jew, killer, etc

        • Hamza

          Psycho. Yes you can call me terrorist! You born-to-hate bigoted non entity!

      • John A

        They have the right to peaceful protest.
        They have the freedom to worship whatever GOD or gods they choose.

        • Hamza

          Even if the protest involves blocking roads and obstructing free movement of the public?
          Yea, they have freedom to worship even the devil! Whatever!

    • Powerlessconscious

      Within the law of the land. Can you do house to house envagelism in the uk and you will not be arrested? Can you do open air crusade in the UK? Where is the freedom of worship? Any practice in any country must be with the law of the land.

      • abodes_124

        Yes you can indeed. no one will arrest you or shoot you. Its amazing what we know and do not know about what obtains in other parts of the world even in this information age.

      • John A

        How can you speak of the UK from Nigeria, because if you are in the UK then you would have seen Jehovah witness knocking from door to door.
        Yes public evangelism is allowed only in public places and not in private domain.
        Open air crusade is not allowed, why because you will be disturbing peoples right to quietness.
        Every country have their own culture and laws.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    A country of no conscience governed by lawless brutes who lock citizens up indefinitely , tacitly support and cover up massacres , deny people freedom to worship and religious assembly, bully political opposition through exploitation of the bail system, deny citizen bail even when the courts grant bail, hold citizens in detention incommunicado on indefinite basis etc.

    The Shiites must not relent in seeking justice for the 1000 men, women and children members of their religious sect massacred and secretly buried on the watch of Muhammadu Buhari as Commander in chief of the army by elements of the Nigerian Army led by Dubai real estate millionaire investor, General Tukur Buratai.

    • muazu wali

      Why cant you come out and contest in oder to right the wrongs?

      • abodes_124

        If you think their slaughter was unjustified why can you not say so as a citizen. You do not have to be a political office holder to voice an opinion you know. On the other hand if you think it was justified you are also free to say so. Try and remain on subject.

    • abodes_124

      Yes they were our fellow citizens. They were no less human because they were Shiites. We must never forget.

  • Hamza

    I would rather be an illegal immigrant in Trump’s America than to be in the same country with all these religious organisations (Shiites) .

  • lina

    Herdsmen and their cows block roads and cause hold ups in every part of Nigeria, has any of the herdsmen ever been arrested never mind killing them and their vows.This cointry has got its priorities upside down. Everybody in Nigeria should be free to practice their religion.

    • ahmed abdullahi

      flimzy reason you brought and you are complaining about boko haram, that”s the way its started.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      The herdsmen are Sunni Fulani so as far as this regime is concerned,they are free to operate.

  • James Ojapa

    A ticking time bomb

    • Which the governor El-Rufai wisdom has brought it down to minimum level.

      • James Ojapa

        He actually escalated it to the ticking time bomb that it has become

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        El -Rufai is the chief escalator

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