The group claims there is a plot to cripple Northern Nigeria
Nigerian Shiite Muslims, under the banner of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, have accused the Federal Government, FG, of plotting to assassinate its leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, in Zaria. The group claimed that the FG is working with the United States Government on the plot.
In a release signed by Abdullahi Danladi of the Resource Forum, Zaria, the group said the recent security drill being carried out by security agents in Zaria, under the guise of arresting insurgents, is just a ploy targeting Mr. Zakzaky.
“For two consecutive nights a plane was seen hovering over the residence of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky at about 4:00 am at very low altitude and almost crawling speed, perhaps with the intent of bombing the Sheikh’s residence,” the statement said.
The Shiites also claimed to have obtained information that the recent onslaught on Zaria city by security agents is aimed at their leader.
“The diffidence situation being feigned in Zaria is to pave way for an unpropitious plan by the US government via their Nigerian mannequins to do away with the revered Sheikh,” Mr. Danladi said.
The group alleged that a house to house search has been planned by security operatives for Zaria, and would serve as prelude to the final assault on Gyellesu area, where Mr. Zakzaky resides.
Apart from the Sheik, Shiite group also said the FG and the US are plotting to kill members of the group in their Zaria residence.
“They have already mapped out where Hurras (Muslim brothers keeping vigil) are staying, and have planned to eliminate them using silenced guns,” Mr. Danladi said.
Plan to cripple the North
The Islamic movement also said that going by recent happenings in Maiduguri, Kano and Zaria, there is a grand plan to cripple the Northern part of the country.
It said “Zaria has been known for its peaceful nature. It has been and is still the seat of knowledge in Nigeria. It is also very well recognized as the seat of many reputable tertiary institutions of Nigeria. Who then will benefit in plundering the city into chaos and anarchy?”
“Under our watchful eyes, Maiduguri (another seat of Islamic knowledge) has been ravaged; Kano (the economic centre of the North) has been paralysed, all in the name of the so-called Boko Haram saga.
“These and many heinous events of their kinds have left nobody guessing as to the fact that somebody somewhere is hell bent on crippling the strategic interests of Nigeria, particularly the Northern part of the country,” the group said.
Why they want to kill the Sheik
Mr. Danladi claimed that “the US and Nigerian governments are disturbed and envious of the growing influence and respect Sheikh Zakzaky is commanding, not only among the Muslims but even the non-Muslims.”
He said the recent peaceful protests held by the group against the “anti-Islam” film, made by an American, was an indication of Mr. Zakzaky’s popularity.
“His is a vibrant Islamic Movement with its roots fully entrenched in the minds of all conscious Muslims, drawing from the fountain of belief and faith. So, no force can crush it,” the group said.