Why we are still detaining Shiite leader, El-Zakzaky – Nigerian Government

Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky
Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

The Nigerian Government on Friday gave a reason for the continued detention of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN.

Speaking during a press briefing at the UN secretariat in New York, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the Muhammadu Buhari administration is not willing to disrupt the process of inquiry initiated by the Kaduna State government and has decided to allow the full process of the law prevail in the case.

The Kaduna State government recently released the report of a panel its set up to investigate the clash which led to the massacre of over 300 members of the Shiite group by soldiers.

Mr. Onyeama, responding to a question by a PREMIUM TIMES reporter, said the federal government would study the report.

“Government will study it, the Attorney General will look at the report and whatever measure needs to be taken will be taken,” he said in New York.

Over 300 members of the IMN were killed between December 12 and 14 after the army accused them of blocking a major highway and plotting to kill the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.

Hundreds of members of the sect including its leader, Mr. El-Zakzaky, and his wife, were subsequently arrested.

For several weeks, Mr. El-Zakzaky was prevented from seeing anyone include his doctors, lawyers or family members.

On April 5, the Islamic cleric’s lawyer who was finally allowed to see him, confirmed public rumours that the army had damaged Mr. Zakzaky’s eye.

“As a result of the brutal attack, Sheikh Zakzaky lost his left eye while doctors are currently battling to save the right one,” the lawyer, Femi Falana, said.

On Friday, Mr. Onyeama stated that the IMN leader was getting the required medical attention.

“He (Mr. El-Zakzaky) is getting all the medical attention he requires. This I can say with certainty,” the minister said.

A Federal High Court in Abuja in July denied an application for bail by Mr. El-Zakzaky.

According to the court, Mr. El-Zakzaky and his lawyers failed to seek the leave of the court to hear the application during the vacation period.

The Shiite massacre has been condemned by local and international groups including Amnesty International.

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  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Buhari is making fun of the rights of Nigerians and telling shameless lies !! How does the reasons stated above give them the right to deny Zzazaky the right to see his lawyers and his personal doctors? There will surely be a day when Muhammadu Buhari and his hench-men will be called upon to explain the maimings, killings and massacres which happened on his watch.

    • Oneman

      We know you are one of them. However, this unfortunate incident would have been avoided if your members did not confronted the NA especially at that material time.

      • vagabonds in power

        The Nigerians army had no business confronting the sect–that is the job of the police and not the army……monkey

        • suleiman

          Vagabond is your name, right? Please learn a little bit more about the mandate of the Nigerian Army! Otherwise you might simply be answering your name, Vagabond! An assault on the COAS is an affront on the Nigerian State and the Army has the constitutionality responsibility for protecting the sovereignty and dignity of the the nation. If you are not old enough to have read history like some of us, at least you should have done social studies in which you should have been taught this. Otherwise, you’re probably an illiterate, having somebody write for you. Anyway, vagabonds don’t don’t have a normal human brain, so am not surprise here!

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            The COAS is a Nigerian citizen subject to the laws of the land. THERE IS NO LAW WHICH PRESCRIBES SUMMARY MASS EXECUTION AND MASS SECRET BURIAL FOR UNARMED SUSPECTS WHO BLOCK ROADS !!

            BURATAI AND HIS THUGS COMMITTED A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY !! THOSE COVERING THEM TODAY MAY NOT BE AROUND TOMORROW !!

          • Tunji Olarewaju

            I believe Zakzakky is a Martian which makes him to be above our laws

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Zzazaky was not at the scene of the massacre, he was at home and most of the victims including many women, girls and children were massacred miles away from the road incident by the civilian killing army .

          • Höly Wähala

            You must a retarded son of a flandering hooker in some Army barracks to have thrown such tantrum at him. President Bush of the United States was once thrown shoes at on foreign soil and America did not go to war to defend the American flag, since when did verbal confrontation of an Army officer constitute a threat to national security? Whatever social studies abi na History you read is certainly constaminated, that Amnesty Int’l Report said no weapons were found on the Shiites, no evidence of killed or wounded soldiers yet… the Army laid siege on the compounds of the Shiites for 3days killing women in their kitchens and kids in kindergarten and you’re there writing gibberish about dysfunctional Nigerian state. President Buhari, Lt. Gen. Buratai and Maj. Gen. Adeniyi are all war criminals let me tell you succintly, one or all of them will pay dearly for those murders and you can bookmark this comment. Moron! May Sango squeeze your dirty and slimy balls right there for your buffoonic ass… Aschloch!

          • St

            Na only vex u go vex, dem don tie d guy for one cell cos he’s a Vagabond controlling other Vagabonds. Go to Zaria and ask, when they march they close roads, they beat up police men anywhere they encounter them in the whole of Kaduna state. If You call that a religious activity, then pack and go to Iran where una sponsors dey

          • Abimbola Arison Ariyo

            Who told you armies didnt die?

        • musa aliyu

          Hippo, have u ever been to Zaria? Didn’t you hear that the riff-faffs see themselves above the police? If hoodlums beyond police, who do you expect to handle them? Mtchewww!!!!

        • ayo

          Na ogun will kill u for calling him monkey, zakzaky is the head of book haram… Trying to caliphate & create shia pig Islam state in nigeria.. Open ur brain.

          • Abimbola Arison Ariyo

            He is not BH

      • Abimbola Arison Ariyo

        One Man. If you were Jesus what will you do?

    • St

      Nor worry before that time e go don die, people wen dey happy say dem
      Dey take care of security, Na dem plenty pass. So for now he’s doing a great job cos security is certainly needed in this country

  • vagabonds in power

    How can the panel set up by the state government supersede the authority of the Federal government—-Jeff u are one great mind ooooh–do not allow these Fulani monsters spoil your record at the United Nations–pls–Free the man—-why still keep him in the gulag of Buhari—How many people are now in the gulag of Buhari —the whole thing is like 30 years ago when Buhari kept people whose relation thought they were dead in his dungeons all over the country

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  • Mustapha Danladi

    How can study of Kaduna JCI make the government to delay justice. If El-Zakzaky was released will that temper with their study of JCI report?
    They say they are taking care of El-Zakzaky medically. Do they have enough facilities? If yes how did Buhari went to London for ear problem. If NO then why can’t they release him to get facility outside Nigeria?
    The statement by the Minister is ridiculous to say the least. Nigerians of conscience know what they are doing. Oh Allah double your wrath upon the liars! Rain down afflictions on Geoffrey and his master such that they will need medical attention outside Nigeria. We shall see the blatant lies in true context.
    Free Zakzaky For medical attention NOW!

    • St

      We support peace and deter violence been controlled by Zakzaky, so he should continue to live in Isolation for now, not all laws in a developing country can truly be civil cos there are still some mad men, you can never separate that. Crude laws must be applied to some pockets of violent areas. Zakzaky controlled too many violent persons, thus the current situation

      • Abimbola Arison Ariyo

        Then zakzaki may be able to reorient the violent among his group as a capable leader. The government should equip him with peace tactics before his release and terms of release should be spelt out for nigerians to see. I think his followers feel cheated if not before now, now or will feel cheated in future.

        • St

          Your words sound like a foreigner, a corrupt leader can never give a honest leadership, same goes with Zakzaky, you don’t give what you don’t have. So he cannot teach the followed peace cos he has it not. Soon charges will be laid against him and he will be jailed. There are lots of pending cases which occurred in Zaria, Kaduna. They won’t be swept under the carpet, just as the millitant Tompolo must be dealt with too. They are all a paradox of criminal elements disturbing the peace and progress of Nigeria

    • Abimbola Arison Ariyo

      Guy wat if ZakZaki has not accepted terms of his release. ? Then he will remain for security reasons

  • ed

    President Obama is meeting with the tyranny. Please don’t hope for attention on this case or others that are begging for answer.
    Fulani’s terrorist herdsmen are not on the agenda either. The pretends are just going to continue the on going advancement of sharia Suuni Islamic agenda for Nigeria.

    • Abimbola Arison Ariyo

      dulling guy. You think US is dull? The president Obama represents the interest of America and America wants to here a first han info from the horses mouth even though America knows Nigeria and her current state than Baba.

  • Realitytalk

    Please if keeping him is as a result of keping the people of the state safe, i think it is neccesasy, we can only curb any form of terrorism and bad leadership again when we take the right decision irrespective of the religion we worship

  • Abimbola Arison Ariyo

    This man has gone through a lot. the shiite community his going through a lot. I join the international community in requesting for his release. or is he a terrorrist too?

    • Ade Omowest

      To get him released and continues his mad ways in Zairia and Kaduna? He must be thought a lesson or else we will get a bigger Bokoharam in the North being powered and financed from Iran.

      • Abimbola Arison Ariyo

        This is a religious group. i am a Nigerian and the Nigerian constitution allows for freedom of worship. Zakzaky should be released cos he is a Nigerian like you and me except if there is something involved that i am not aware of.

        • Ade Omowest

          A religious sect is constitutionally protected to freely worship and propagate it’s belief but not to the abuse of freedom of others. A sect (Zakzaky/his followers) has turned so unlawful by becoming a nuisance to the public in Zaria. Just pay a visit to Zaria/Kaduna, in Kaduna State and have one on one discussion with the people, the traditional institution and religious groups (both Christian & other Islamic groups). You will be well informed of the atrocity being perpetrate by this group.

          • Abimbola Arison Ariyo

            Dont wipe a religious MOVEMENT by cutting the wings of members off and incapacitating their leader. The movement, i believe is registered with the authorized agency in Nigeria and so their aims and objectives should be read out and then the govenment should ensure that they abide by thier aims and objective. Now , it is late for the movement to be sent to the school of reorientatation. For peace, i will advice that thier movement should be encouraged and their actions closely monitored by informed bodies, eg militry or intelligence. Nigeria must be a truely united people.

  • St

    This one go tay for inside where dem dey keep am except we want another insurgency. This one is completely sponsored by Iran, those mad Persian fellows

    • ed

      Buhari was sponsored by Suuni Saudi Arabia.

      • St

        Story…. even when British were controlling most of Nigerians activities prior independence, they didn’t just suddenly impose stuffs cos it won’t work, humans don’t respond to control so fast like animals