Zaria killings: Buhari, Nigerian govt. keep mum days after deadly attacks

More than 48 hours after a deadly encounter between troops of the Nigerian Army and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria led to several deaths in Zaria, Kaduna State, the Nigerian government has yet to comment on, or condemn, the killings.

Details of what transpired Saturday remain unclear with the army and the Shiites giving different accounts of the clash.

Both sides however agree there were “loss of lives”.

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, a Shia Muslim group led by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, says hundreds, if not thousands, of its members were killed when soldiers stormed its base in Zaria and opened fire on unarmed civilians.

We could not independently verify that claim.

The army, in separate statements, said members of the group blocked the convoy of its chief, Tukur Buratai, a Lieutenant General, and attempted to kill him – an allegation the Shiites deny.

The Shiite movement said after the initial clashes, soldiers returned to its Husainiyyah headquarters, as well as the private home of Mr. Zakzaky at Gyellesu late Saturday and killed many more persons, while both the spiritual headquarters and Mr. Zakzaky’s house were torched.

Mr. Zakzaky’s son and wife were among the dead, the group said.

Many Nigerians have condemned the attacks, particularly at a time the nation faces the Boko Haram insurgency, itself, a bloody rebellion that started in 2009 after the leader of the group was killed by police.

In a statement, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs urged the authorities to exercise restraint.

Despite the apparent killings, no arm of the Nigerian government has yet condemned them or provided details of what happened.

None of the spokespersons of President Muhammadu Buhari or agencies of government issued any statement on the matter since Saturday.

Efforts to speak with the spokesperson of the president, Garba Shehu were unsuccessful as he did not answer or return our calls.

He also did not respond to text message sent to him at the time of publishing this story.

More claims

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria condemned the silence of the government.

The movement also demanded access to its spiritual leader, Mr. Zakzaky, whom, it said had been shot and was still with the military.

The movement, in a statement on Monday by its spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, said it was aware that the army had taken Mr. El-Zakzaky from his home and that he was receiving treatment for injuries he sustained during the attack.

“About a thousand of members of the movement have been massacred at the moment as counting continues, but the soldiers are now busy evacuating the dead bodies to unknown destination.

“There are hundreds of others that have received various degrees of injuries that are in need of assistance that have currently been denied access by the soldiers on ground who are in a killing spree, shooting anyone identified as a member of the Movement,” Mr. Musa said.

He also accused the army of exploiting “religious sectarian sentiment to instigate uninformed public, some of whom are now busy killing innocent and unarmed members of the Movement at sight using local weapons”.

The Islamic movement also alleged that the army was presently dressing bodies of their members killed with military attire and snapping still pictures to “probably display them as soldiers killed by the movement during the attack as a means of propaganda, whereas it was solely an attack by the army on armless citizens”.

It said the army had also stationed road blocks in Zaria picking out innocent unarmed people that look like members of the Movement and killing them in cold blood.

“Even today they put an army road block in Zaria to Kaduna highway near Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, searching for any member of the Islamic Movement. The most weird of many of such cases is that of an army roadblock at Dogarawa near Zaria where they killed thirty of our members traveling to Zaria yesterday Sunday.

“We wish to state here that some of those earlier declared dead through various sources might not have been killed but might be severely injured and in need of assistance,” they said.

The Shiite group also said members of the Movement should be allowed immediate access to Mr. Zakzaky as a means of dousing tensions.

“We believe that the army is clearing the corpses to unknown locations for mass burials to cover up for its crime. We hereby demand unequivocally that they should release the corpses to us, so that we can give them a proper Islamic burial. The people they killed are not foreigners; they are citizens with their relatives known.

“The Army should stop the unnecessary stage management of the whole incident making it look like what it is not through false and provocative press statements, incitements and ground activities which might not augur well for everyone.

“Access to health facilities should immediately be allowed to those injured anywhere in Zaria.

“We believe that this incident is planned and executed by the government which has been looking the other way while the army was killing members of the Movement for a period of over 27 hours from Saturday on without any statement and is still quiet as the army continues with its killing spree,” the statement said.

It added that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is a peaceful and unarmed movement with members in every cadre of the society that are entitled to every rights enjoyed by every other Nigerian.

They said the government in its claim to be fighting against violent extremism has trampled upon their fundamental rights.

“Finally, as the army continues its genocide on members of the Movement, with support of the government, we hereby call on peace lovers and the international community to join us in condemning the act for it is virtually ridiculous to think that the government can kill the millions of members of the Movement,” the statement said.

The spokesperson for the army, Sani Usman, a colonel, could not be reached to comment for this story. Multiple calls to his telephone by one of our reporters failed to connect.The line remained consistently engaged.


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  • neekap234

    Editor Premium Times,

    I don’t know why the army had to kill these Shiite Muslims in their private residence
    and worshipping centre. Were those ones killed at home also blocking the Chief
    of Army too? The army explanation does not make sense to me one bit. I will not
    be surprised if this case escalates. President Buhari should be ready to face an
    international criminal tribunal for mass murder. The International Criminal Court
    will never accept the story the army has told. It won’t make sense to court Judges.
    This is GENOCIDE in case President Buhari is wondering what’s just happened.

    • 007bond

      BUHARI, SET NIGERIA ARIGHT ON A 360° degree TURN TO RECTITUDE.
      ARREST AND INVESTIGATE NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA AND SANUSI LAMIDO.
      THEY WERE TWO KEY FINANCIAL ACTORS UNDER GOODLUCK JONATHAN.

      • Tegbona

        @007bond,

        What Buhari is also keeping quiet over…………

        I am not flattering you. The truth is you are the only contributor here
        who’s put this matter in the correct perspective. Our media people are all
        pretending to forgetfulness. They are acting as if they have memory failure.

        Truth is that Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was the Governor of Central Bank
        for all of Jonathan’s term in office until February 2014, a year to the general
        elections. How can Buhari now keep quiet on Sanusi Lamido Sanusi?

        Tell me. How? Buhari said stealing took place at Central Bank by Colonel Dasuki,
        but Buhari is now quiet on the Central Bank Governor. Can you see real hypocrisy?
        Can you see Muhammadu Buhari’s double standard? This will be Buhari’s undoing.

        • Rommel

          Lamido Sanusi could never have authorized any such payments, as a mater of fact,he was removed for that singular reason so that what we are hearing can take place

          • Alkali

            @Rommel:disqus

            Here’s the CBN audit result on Sanusi Lamido Sanusi…..

            • ₦38.23billion developed legs and got missing in Central Bank under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
            • ₦1.97billion was paid out in cash and entered on Central Bank accounts as “inexplicable
            expense” by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
            • ₦20billion was paid out in cash as Legal Fees by Sanusi Lamido to persons un-known,
            • ₦3.086billion was paid out in cash by Sanusi Lamido as expense ostensibly to promote
            Central Bank image,
            • ₦160billion was paid out by Central Bank for self-determined activities,
            • ₦240billion was discretionally doled out at will as ‘donations’ by Sanusi Lamido,
            • ₦1.12billion was taken in cash and entered as paid to a non-operating airline
            for charter service,
            • ₦1.12billion was claimed as spent by Sanusi Lamido on luncheon for CBN police
            guards in one year.

          • Jakadiya

            Now that you know this, what next?

        • musa aliyu

          Wait and see

    • Jakadiya

      Chai! What’s Buhari’s role in this? I guess you wanted to say Buratai.

  • Intrepid

    No surprise to me. A leopard(Buhari), is always a Leopard. Didn’t Nigerians hear him say ”I won’t lose any sleep” More ominous days ahead.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The silence of Mr Buhari is a clear indication of tacit support to the Shiite Muslim extermination project of the sunni-led Nigerian government done in collaboration with the Wahabist Sunni establishment of northern Nigeria. It is clear that the Nigerian army is now fully deployed to enhance the destruction of the Shiite.

    There will be no enquiry or investigation and the remains of the deceased have been confiscated by the army as well to hide evidence from the Nigerian people and the international community.It is obvious that the killing is systemic,the government does not know what to say hence a strategy of keeping mute while the army disseminate their psychotic cover stories which no child will believe.

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    If these very terrifying, and soul depressing murder of innocent Shiite Muslims in the Fulani North—-had taken place under Jonathan, Buhari, the Sultan of Sokoto–the Emir of Kano Sanusi—ati -El Rufai ati Tinubu would have been all over the globe doing all in their power to pull down the government of Jonathan–The USA alleged that she refused to sell arms to Jonathan to fight Boko haram, because of the crimes our soldiers committed against humanity—————-Sadly for Nigeria and Africa, the same double dealing USA, is now quiet on the mass murder of Shiites in Nigeria———by soldiers under the command of Boko Haram Buhari a Sunni devotee——————–The Senate and the House of Rep are also quiet—–thinking of how to purchase cars for themselves——while Buhari is more concerned with how to defend the latest Buhari-Gate as it affects the disclosure that he collected 1.2b for the NSA–Dasuki as part of the payment for the settlement of the fake boko haram incident–he organized with Dasuki–to defraud Nigeria–what a country–what a shame–Separation is the only answer! Not the rule of the Fulani Tuaregs and Yorubas traitors—

  • Time for buhari to resign

    DasukiGate: Buhari Collected $300,000 Compensation From Dasuki.

    The Investigation on the $2.1billion arms purchase funds given to the former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki rtd have revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari was among those that benefited for the Security spending.

    According to Dasuki’s office, alleged that General Muhammadu Buhari collected $300,000 initial payment as compensation over Boko Haram’s attack on him. His Bullet proof car that worth Millions was also replaced with new ones by Dasuki.

    President Buhari benefited from the alleged diversion of Arms budget by Dasuki with Newspapers owners, whose Business was disrupted by both Boko Haram attacks and the Military seizing their Newspapers or disrupting their distribution channels.

    President Buhari was also alleged to have received 5 bullet proof Jeeps from Sambo Dasuki valued over N500million without the approval of the Presidency. Why is Premium Times hiding this story-? Because thief Buhari is involved abi

  • Sani Sidi

    Sai Baba:

    KEEP QUIET THERE, MY FRIEND. WE MEN OF GOODWILL ARE PRAYING FOR BUHARI
    AND WE ARE PRAYING THAT HAGUE OFFICIALS WILL NOT READ PREMIUM TIMES.

    • Udoji A.

      God will never answer your prayer. The blood of the victims will cry for justice.
      You can pray till tomorrow Hague people will open a case file on this mass killing.
      You will soon hear from them. President Buhari himself will soon hear from The Hague.
      This one dem no dey price am. Hague is international law. It is 25 years jail for genocide.

  • Mike

    People just make comments because of sentiments. State the facts and say the truths cos that is what will save u.
    These so called Shiites became lawless every year by indoctrinating young youths blocking people from using a road meant for public. Denying and infringing on other people’s rights. But because they belong to a sect , nobody want to even challenge them. Nigeria is not a lawless country. How can a group of people block and refused chief of army staff from going about his legitimate duty and even when he eventually got the sect leaders number, he called him to call his sect members to order. The blatantly told him it’s a mob action he cannot control them. To the extent they started firing the army soldiers and pelting them. This cannot happen under this govt. that was how boko haram started, that was how Mai tatsine started. If a single soldier is killed in America, on a flimsy excuse American government will declare war.. Be objective and don’t be sentimental

    • Ike

      I beg Mike, no vex O!

      You take your medication today? And you sure you took correct dose?

      Check well. That your thing is coming up again. So, punishment for lawlessness

      is a public execution by the army without any court trial? You sure say you well at all?

      This one is even family execution, not public, because they were killed inside bedroom.

      • Factsay

        No mind that delusional person

      • musa aliyu

        Why do you people just conclude over something you don’t know? The Shiites blocked and threatened the COAS on a major highway. They also shot at the army beside ABU Kongo Campus. They wounded soldiers as a result. And ammunition were found in the three places demolished. Wait and see the evidence the army will present to the courts, video and physical.

    • Factsay

      U are a product of a failed state thats y white is black to u. You are justifying killing of unarmed citizens.

      Let me ask u. Do people protest in their rooms?
      Where do u expect protest to take place? In the moon?

      Use commonsense and b reasonable. All over the world protest take place on public places and roads and it does affect traffic. You dont kill because u think someone is blocking ur way. U can choose another way.

      • musa aliyu

        Who told you they are unarmed? We live amidst them. They are liars. It’s part of their creed to lie. They are not Muslim S because they neither believe the Quran, they don’t pray nor do they consider the prophet of Islam but his grand son. They always protest abusing disciples of the prophet that lived 1430

        • Factsay

          U hate them bcoz they belong to seperate sect of islam. Intolerance is ur problem

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          They have a right to worship as they wish,it is a right endowed upon them and all Nigerians by the constitution.

    • Höly Wähala

      Did they also block the Chief of Army Staff from entering their mosque and Head Quaters?
      It is you not telling yourself the truth because of your hatred for them or whatever reasons. Nigerian lives have been lost and your govt. remains silent 48hrs afterwards yet, you can’t read the meaning of that. Pal, in politics any rumor/lie not dispelled in 24hrs becomes truth. Come here and see Angela Merkel buying her own grocery at a supermarket every weekend without a phalanx of security nor other customers being chased out of the shops so she can buy and leave. We have a big problem in that 3rd World… wallahi. Nonsense!

      • Kuku

        @wahala you don’t know these people. Have you ever lived in Zaria before? The fact is, the sect leader is another ayatollahs @gelesu Zaria where he lives. He does whatever he likes with people’s lives especially if you are not a shi’tte. His men kill men and rape girls at will nobody dare to challenge them. Last year a professor of urology at ABU Zaria was killed on his way back from the teaching hospital by this same almajiris in the same location the army chief was attacked nothing happened till date. If they had killed the army chief the same people critical of the army would blame the army for allowing it to happen. Boko haram started this way and were treated with gloved hands until we get to where we are today. Nothing should be spared by the arm to prevent another sect of fundamentalists to raise its hydral head in nigerian territory.

        • Höly Wähala

          Truly, I’ve never livedin Zaria but passed thru several times… thank God those thugs must have asleep then. And thank you for the clarification, you echo another comment I read elsewhere about the Sheikh and hos cult. Well, his aurra has been defined as man’s not a demi-god, and he has been shaken by the violence his thugs have been metting out to innocent folks. Sha, methinks, murder is still wrong regardless which way you look at it, it was certainly a mismatch for them to engage the army… and for the army to chase them into the Sheikh’s home. Again, thanks for the info on the sect… Respect!

        • Shehu Monguno

          Kuku, I was born and schooled in Zaria up to my post graduate level. I lived for 12 years in Gylessu and Tudun Wada. You are just sentimental. The Shia’s were first in Zaria city before the Abacha episode after which they moved to their present location. While I agree they have excesses like shutting roads etc, your story about raping girls is not true. About Professor Hyacinth Mbibu been killed, no one ever traced it or even suggested El-Zaky Zaky was responsible for it. Boo Haram and hired assassins were mentioned – It may surprise you to know that El-Zaky Zaky still remains one of the few Islamic leaders in Northern Nigeria that openly condemns boko haram – Finally I am أهل السنة والجماعة

          • Kuku

            Mr Shehu M , please who killed Prof Mbibu and who killed Prof Bandipo before him? Both were Christians and scholars in the university teaching hospital. The only group of fundamentalists fomenting trouble in Zaria are the shi’ttes or can you mention another one please? Is there any other group with such excesses? For your information I’ve lived in Zaria before for almost a decade and those personalities killed were my lecturers.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Why were they not rounded up and arrested ? Is Nigeria not a democratic country any more. Those of you justifying mass extra-judicial murder must realise that you are destroying this Buhari administration. There is no democratic country in the world where this type of state sponsored massacre will take place and the Leader will remain mute after 48 hours.

    • Bejim

      Some two Nigerian young men butchered a British soldier on the streets of London not too long ago. They were subdued, arrested, prosecuted, convicted and jailed. Extra-judicial killing seems barbaric to me. This is 21st century. Nigeria is not North Korea.

    • justice uloko

      Mr Mike you’re so great. Thanks for standing up for truth. God bless nigeria Armforces

  • Yanju Adebola

    This is serious. But why did the army do this? Do they want to disgrace President Buhari?
    There must be full-scale investigation. There may be fifth columnists. This is very suspicious.
    No stone must be left un-turned on this army behaviour. Who was their Commanding Officer?

    • Kuku

      You want army to fold their arms and allow the almajiris to kill their service chief? During Jonathan’s period a professor of urology at ABU Zaria was killed by the same almajiris on his way home from teching hospital the same place the arm chief was attacked nothing came out of it. You’ve never lived in the north that’s you’re displaying this ignorance. This was how boko haram started and was left alone until it became an iroko tree in the north east. Go and spend one month in Gelesu Zaria where their leader lives I promise you you won’t live to tell the story.

  • evidence

    Buhari is sunni so it’s no wonder he has been silent, one can even safely say that buhari ordered for these extra judicial killings to wipe out Shia Muslims. 

    • musa aliyu

      Go live in Zaria where the chief of the hoodlums reside, before you comment over what you don’t know

      • evidence

        What do you know? killing them on the streets wasn’t enough for buhari and burantashi, they still went to Zakzaky home and murdered hundreds in cold blood.This is genocide and should be reported to ICC.

        • Jakadiya

          Don’t comment on what you don’t know. So, the Shiites should be allowed to regroup and destroy the entire ancient city of Zaria?

          • evidence

            What nonsense are you commenting? Why didn’t buhari go to borno villages and wipe out the families that shield boko haram members? Buhari even went as far as releasing and compensating boko haram members and is spending billions in the name of deradicalizing them. Why will he treat Shia Muslims different?  ‎

          • Jakadiya

            Drop that Ogogoro glass and concentrate. It’s Buratai not Buhari that is the Chief of Army Staff. Who should go to Borno, Buhari or Buratai?

          • evidence

            Terrorist, ogogoro is better than the blood of the defenseless you and your terrorist leader, buhari drinks. Burantashi takes orders from by buhari and buhari is complicit in the genocide against Shia Muslims. ‎

          • Jakadiya

            So you need to take order from someone to defend yourself. After the Ogogoro, what next? We spill blood and bury and you spill blood for your pots.

          • evidence

            At least you’re honest enough to agree you’re a terrorist who thrives on bloodshed. Premium times also wants to know just like everyone else why over 48 hours after the genocide, buhari had not said a word.Buhari as a sunni muslim,ordered the extra judicial killings of Shia Muslims. The whole world is watching. 

          • Jakadiya

            I’m waiting to lay my hands on you. No amount of profiling can smear Buhari’s good name. You’re just towing along the traditional old school method of profiling to smear Buhari’s name. I even wonder why you’re trying to be more Catholic than the Pope.

          • evidence

            Terrorist, have you and your terrorist leader buhari,  finished laying your blood soaked hands on Shia Muslims? Buhari singlehandedly smeared his name,his name is now synonymous with  ‎dictatorship, fascism, terrorism, corruption and genocide . 

          • Jakadiya

            You are so dismally myopic that if you don’t betray your hatred for Buhari you’re never complete. ‘Blood soaked’ hands to nip a potentially volatile problem is by far better than Ogogoro soaked brains that almost destroyed Nigeria. You’re just attempting to be more Catholic than the Pope on this issue. Do you think we shall ever forget or forgive the recent killings of the Hausas, the burning of their mosque and trucks among others in the South East by the man-eating restive and deviant youths? What do you call that, Freedom fighting?

          • evidence

            Just like you can’t hide your hatred for Shia Muslims because you don’t share the same ideology ,your fellow sunni Muslims are the ones causing havoc all over the world and it’s no wonder you see violence and bloodshed as the only solution b‎ecause you and your terrorist leader are bloodsucking murderers not to mention that  you are also a hypocrite who kept quiet while boko haram bombed churches and killed Christians in the north but is quick to condemn those that bombed just one mosque in the SE.

          • Jakadiya

            You are bearish in your comments. You mixed up your illogical reasoning. It’s not Shiites and Sunnis, Mr. Dumb. It’s Nigerian citizens versus the Nigerian Army. It could have been Biafraud, Sunnis, Aladuras, OPC, etc. The bottom line is to uncover the cause of the mayhem not just to jump into conclusion inferred from social media posts..

        • justice uloko

          Go and make the report ICC, are you an animal evidence?

  • musa aliyu

    Hear liars the Shiites that parade Zaria streets with matchets , catapults, guns , threatening all they meet along the way. Ask the people who stay in Gyallesu, where zakzaky lived. The urchins he enslaved always threaten sacking the whole community and taking ransom of their houses. How do you believe liars, the Shiites? It’s In their creed to lie. They threatened a whole COAS yet you expect soldiers to keep quiet because of fear of another bh? It would have translated to the fact that the Shiites are another parallel authority. It is right to clear the miscreants

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      The COAS is a Nigerian,he is not above the law. There is no provision in the constitution which permits mass extra-judicial murder. If Buhari does not call him to order then the international community will hold both responsible when the time comes.

      Every Nigerian has the right to trial,he cannot kill people out of his own volition,those men were not armed and no matter the provocation the bloodshed cannot be justified in any court of law. The army proceeded to the Shiite HQ and killed hundreds of Shiites then proceeded to Zazaky’s residence killed his wife and son,what has that got to do with clearing the road ? Then they are now confiscating dead bodies to hide evidence instead of releasing them to their families for burial…keep supporting evil !!

      • Kuku

        What an hypocritical fellow you’re! If they had killed COAS hypocrites like you will condemn the army for allowing it to happen. The nigerian army should fold their arms and allow the almajiris to kill the army chief in the name of rule of law. By the way I thought you’re for biafra why are you crying more than the bereaved?

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          President Jonathan,a civilian was attacked twice in Northern Nigeria but not a soul was killed. The COAS is not a god,he is a soldier and a Nigerian,he is subject to the laws of the land. If the Shiites were arrested by the soldiers and handed over to police for trial,you will not see any Nigerian come to defend them but for Buratai to shoot unarmed Nigerians in their hundreds because he felt his road was blocked is deplorable and heartless……he is a mass murderer by all standards !!

        • Nche Bikwe

          There are better ways this should have being handled, not by ordering mass shooting. We are in a civilized era and practicing democracy for haven sake.

          • muazu wali

            Why should we accept American drones against civilians as well as Israeli guns and bombs in refugee settlements while we fault a military action to contain a potential breakdown of law and order.

      • Jakadiya

        May be you don’t understand the term ‘Rule of Engagement’. Visit Gyallesu Zaria and ask around, you’ll understand that it’s another version of Boko Haram. The are not Moslems but a bunch of cultists that exchange their wives freely for a dime. If the COAS had been killed, I wonder what you’ll have written. I recommend you watch the video clip covering the incidence. Also, find out why the Army had to invade their residences before you comment.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Rules of engagement only applies to the enemy not unarmed civilians and by the way the Geneva convention on armed conflict forbids the killing of unarmed combatants or captured combatants talk less of unarmed civilians blocking a road ……..olodo !!

          • Jakadiya

            I now understand your ailment. You just don’t comprehend the term ‘armed’. Get educated on the subject matter by going through antecedents before you can write on the subject matter. Don’t behave like Wole Soyinka. Get your brain unwired.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Like I told you it was caught on video,the days of “unknown soldier” are gone,you can even make out the face of the shooters in the videos which may be going to the Hague for records soon !!

        • muazu wali

          Good point. Unfortunately Nigerians are blinded by prejudice, hatred, tribalism and ignorance. We should continue to educate and draw their attention to new ways of seeing events.

          • Mohd Salmaan

            MR MUAZU WALI ,is you ready to give a chance for them(ZARIYA PEOPLE)to explain their position.?

        • Mohd Salmaan

          my dear brother,boko haram preaching hatred and indulge in innocent people killings,why are you match with zaria people?who have a history of peace and tolerance,time will tell who is spreading lies,be sincere in making allegations .as ALLAH will ask our comments.

          • Jakadiya

            May be that’s what you see Shiites doing in other countries. El Zazzaky’s HQ was within the confine of the ancient city of Zaria until the followers blocked the Emir and insisted that their leader is over and above the Emir, as such the Emir must bow. The locals mobilized themselves and killed hundreds of Zazzaky’s followers and reduced the HQ to rubbles. He had to move to Sabon Gari. Please, let’s not go into unwarranted arguments.

          • Mohd Salmaan

            ok,what about last year firing of peaceful procession of quds day in support of palestine.dear brother what eyes seen is not true all time.lets wait and watch the command of Allah

          • Jakadiya

            I’ve watched the video clip that showed how the soldiers exhibited patience until the situation deteriorated. There are more than four Sects of Shiites in Nigeria but this particular Sect is intolerant. For Gods sake, bearing in mind the current war on Boko Haram, it seems unwise for a large number of members of any Islamic body to confront armed soldiers.

        • justice uloko

          May God protect you all who stand for nigeria, thank you jakadiya

          • Jakadiya

            Uloko, truth must be told. Deviants must be exposed and be dealt with even if they are our blood brothers.

      • e_orpheus

        “Buhari is a Sunni so is the COAS but they have no right to deploy the Nigerian army to attain their religious objectives.”

        Please get rid of this warped idea and seriously reprehensible conjecture. Elevate your reasoning. You sound like the ‘political witch hunt’ people.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          What I stated is the home truth.

      • Nche Bikwe

        This army chief is quite a crazy fellow! He really needs to be called to order with immediate effect.

        • NoPeaceInOurTime

          It is more than calling to order. He should be tried for extrajudicial killing. Let us stop this nonsense once and for all if truly we are calling for change.

    • Shehu Monguno

      Nusa, I grew up in Zaria City and I schooled in A.B.U (Kongo campus). You just lied

      • Mohd Salmaan

        days have come for the whole muslim world to see the false propaganda against shia muslims,that they
        believe 40 chapter quran. Ali as a prophet,it is not the first time that they accused what the have not done.a true sunni muslim is responsible and just,Allah bless you

    • justice uloko

      Thank you Musa for standing for the whole truth

    • Deen

      I Lived in Gaylessu, schooled in ABU too, ZakkZakki and his boys tormented us to no end, I am a Muslim, but I totally abhor the brand of Islam the likes of El Zakk Zakki and his boys practice. they are the ones giving islam a bad name

  • Myson

    Buhari government must address the nation on why Nigerian Army are massacring unarmed Shi’ite sect in Zaria. If the government remains’ silent it means they are complicit in the action and cover-up of the whole massacre. Nigeria is a secular state and everyone has right to worship whatever they believe in. Shi’ite population in Nigeria is more than 15 million and I wonder why any government will support such killing. Nigeria military as it stand today cannot withstand any uprising if this sect decides to arm and defend themselves.

    • Jakadiya

      Yeah, freedom of religion including Boko Haram. By the way, how did you get your 15 million figure? So we should allow every Tom, Dick and Harry to hold us to ransom. Shiites are not Moslems. They want to create a state within a state. They are armed and aggressive. They exchange wives, etc.

      • Myson

        Do you know that Boko Haram used to have Mosque and preached to their sect until this type of Crack down on them. Shiites whether they are Moslems or not is not the contention. They should be allowed to practice their religion.

        • Jakadiya

          The BH were allowed to operate and that brought us to where we are now. My question, how did you come about 15 million Shiites in Nigeria?

          • Myson

            Neither you nor I can give accurate population of any group in Nigeria not even the population of Nigeria because there is none. All we use is approximation. If my own estimate is wrong, yours will be wrong too.

            The problem in Nigeria democracy is partial or non enforcement of rule of law. If there are some shiites sect that are causing trouble in Zaria, the law enforcement will identify and punish them base on the law. You do not for whatever reason just go and murder group of people extra judicially because some of their members are trouble makers.

          • Man

            Please dig to root cause of the clash before you judge/commend.

          • Jakadiya

            If I write that Nigeria’s population is 180 million, I can comfortably cite many sources of my data. When you said 15 million, is it a personal guess or cited from somewhere. Again, while I’m not really comfortable with extra judicial killings, you must show the federal might for miscreants to learn a lesson. No country will allow its COAS to be blocked by uniforms wearing thugs and to be told that he could not be allowed to pass until their leader say so. Ha! Who’s in charge then?

        • Man

          Which religion they should be allowed to practice? All i know, in Islam and as a Muslim, you must to believe in the Qur’an as the last and complete testament. But according to Shi’a, this Qur’an is not complete and is not the revealed one, they are accusing Aisha the wife of the Prophet S.A.W. of adultery, and accused also the Prophet himself of not punishing her, abuse the Servants of the Prophet and for them, attending Friday prayer is not obligatory and even to pray is not all necessary in our present situation and so on. They said they are waiting for Mahdi to appear and bring them the complete Quran, punish Aisha, there and then they should start practicing the real Islam. They are just deceiving the ignorant.Therefore, they should stop calling themselves Muslim. Let them specifically tell the world their religion before seeking for freedom to practice the religion.

          • Nche Bikwe

            Now, I get the clear picture on why the ignoble act was carried out on unarmed citizens from what you have just narrrated. It only adds credence to what the Shiites said that, this was a grand scheme designed by the government and executed by Buratai on the pretense of a road blockade.

          • muazu wali

            There is no need to go into theology on what happened in Zaria. The fact is that they unlawfully blocked the highway,and obstructed passage by other road users.The blockade was removed by force and their leader was arrested. Peace was finally restored. Period. Abacha tried it but did not conclude the operation before his death.

          • Shehu Monguno

            Do you massacre people because they block the road?

          • muazu wali

            Yes if the situation will lead to breakdown of law and order.

          • Shehu Monguno

            Really, so life bullets are used to restore law and order?

          • muazu wali

            Yes. This is.the army set in place to protect life, property and the integrity of the natiom You may recall that Muslims were.instructed to live in peace. Should any group decide to disturb the.peace it should be subdued by force or banned from the Muslim Ummah. These are Muslims becoming an irritant to.others. I recall they stopped Munir the former Governor of Kaduna State from entering the city. He had to turn back. They have the affontry to hold an.annual march from Kano to Zaria. This is a provacation that should be stopped.

          • Shehu Monguno

            Muazu, obviously you do not know the difference between the army and the police. The constitutional function of the police is the protection of lives, property and the well been of the nation. The function of the army is to defend the territorial integrity of the nation (mostly against external aggression).

            About blocking the streets, almost every group does that. Muslims – Izala, Darika block the streets during processions and Sunni Muslims in Northern Nigeria block the streets during Friday prayers, Christians block the streets during revivals such as Shiloh and at the Redeem Camps, traditionalist block the street during Ofala and OsunOsogbo festivals. Ordinary people block the streets during parties and funerals. Do we go killing all of them?

          • justice uloko

            Muazu you’re wonderfully made. May almighty Allah protect you from evildoers and enemy of this great nation

          • justice uloko

            Thank you Muazu Wali

          • Mohd Salmaan

            dear brother,i as a shia assure you we believe in the same quran what you refer(from the sura e hamd to sura e nas)our sect never accuse aisha,because she is the wife of prophet,and as a rule of quran is mother of believers we respect all companions(quran told every person was sat with the prophet is not momin)imam mehdi was describe by prophet himself.they are praying friday prayers in which other muslims blast and killed as you are seen in news.you are not known the abcd of sunni islam and acussing shias for this ignorance.you ask your imam about mehdi.

  • Anonymous

    Nigeria masquerading herself as a democratic state is just an absolute travesty to democracy. Why will the Nigerian military resort to mass murder. Those that perpetuated this dastardly act should be arrested. You don’t have to like this non violent sect, but please don’t massacre them. The UNDEFEATED Bokoharm is the problem, but the government is creating more problems for itself.

  • jazz

    Buhari govt is dictorial….

  • growthengine

    The Nigerian army acted like the Fulani Herdsmen if you ask me. Kill and destroy.

  • demgosoonknow

    Govt need clearer picture to make a statement, at this point, na dem say dem say

    • growthengine

      That’s how they said Jonathan didn’t think the girls were kidnapped, Buhari is waiting for briefing, it could take weeks. Chillax

  • Bassey O. Bassey

    Buhari did not spoke after the killings of scores of peaceful Biafran protestors in Onotsha, Enugu and elsewhere in Biafran Republic, but you want him to spoken on the death of people in Zaria. Is it different blood you have flowing in the bodies of the dead in Zaria? Do their lives matter more than the lives of the innocent killed in Biafra? Come on Premumu Times, una own don too much. It is now visible to the blind on whose side you belong and how ethnic bias guards and guides your story lines, Editorials and over all news reportage – sifting stories to prop up the clueless once described by El – Rufai as “perpetually unelectable”. Shame? Shame!

    • REDEEM

      Not even in Bayelsa state-where 17 Ijaws were killed for not voting for APC by the Buhari Gestapo the DSS thugs ati the soldiers of occupation in the niger delta

  • Burning spear

    DasukiGate: Buhari Collected $300,000 Compensation From Dasuki.

    The Investigation on the $2.1billion arms purchase funds given to the former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki rtd have revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari was among those that benefited for the Security spending.

    According to Dasuki’s office, alleged that General Muhammadu Buhari collected $300,000 initial payment as compensation over Boko Haram’s attack on him. His Bullet proof car that worth Millions was also replaced with new ones by Dasuki.

    President Buhari benefited from the alleged diversion of Arms budget by Dasuki with Newspapers owners, whose Business was disrupted by both Boko Haram attacks and the Military seizing their Newspapers or disrupting their distribution channels.

    President Buhari was also alleged to have received 5 bullet proof Jeeps from Sambo Dasuki valued over N500million without the approval of the Presidency. Why are the media hiding this story-? Because thief Buhari is involved abi?

  • ed

    The value of life of Nigerian is minuscule in the eye of Nigeria Government. Couple with a high level of dishonesty made the killing field. Killing Unarmed people is completely unjust and criminal.
    President Buhari’s silence is troubling.

    • NoPeaceInOurTime

      Thanks Ed for this post. No amount of obfuscation will take away the fact that unarmed men, women and children were gunned down by soldiers sworn to defend them. All these issues of fighting are all lies. They were executed. We may have no powers to do much here but the truth shall and must never be hidden.

    • muazu wali

      The army has already issued a statement. If you do not believe you are free to conduct to conduct your own investigation.

      • Opeyemi

        When hundreds are killed in a country like Nigeria with our history of religious and ethnic volatility, the president should not respond with a deafening silence. It was the same problem I had with GEJ when kids were killed in their sleep or carted away to a life of sex-slavery. OBJ’s dismissal of the damage done to citizens in Kastina-Ala and the Delta smear his already mediocre record till today.

        Obama appears increasingly tired of the mass shootings in his country virtually every month but he has to make a statement after each one, acknowledge the damage that has been done, commit to finding the victims justice and appealing to all citizens to remain calm. It’s basic leadership.

  • Abidilagungun

    It’s always interesting to see critics in power. If Jonathan were president and this killing was done, there would have been comments from Buhari himself calling it, typically, ‘the killing of defenceless citizens by the government’ and stirring up northern sentiments against a southern president. APC’s Lai would have cried Blue Murder. Now, this is not to sanction the activities of the sect where they are criminal, but to show that there is a limit to politics and PMB and Co must reflect on their disastrous engagements with the Jonathan government has created problems for all of us

  • SECESSIONIST

    ================BUHARI IS NOT ALONE==============
    Why should Premumu Times raise the alarm over Buhari’s habitual indifference to the killings of Nigerians? This is cruelty from Premumu Times. Cruelty my friends. Cruelty! Buhari did not spoke after the killings of scores of peaceful Biafran protestors in Onotsha, Enugu and elsewhere in Biafran Republic, but you want him to spoken on the death of people in Zaria. Is it different blood you have flowing in the bodies of the dead in Zaria? Do their lives matter more than the lives of the innocent killed in Biafra? Come on Premumu Times, una own don too much. It is now visible to the blind on whose side you belong and how ethnic bias guards and guides your story lines, Editorials and over all news reportage – sifting stories to prop up the clueless once described by El – Rufai as “perpetually unelectable”. Shame? Shame!

  • Mephistoheles

    What are you wanting Buhari to say? That people died?
    Be quiet and let our main civil servant do he job we hired him to do!

  • Otile

    Shia Muslims are protesting in six northern Nigerian cities against a military crackdown they allege has left hundreds of their members dead. Many businesses have shut in Kaduna, one of the cities worst-affected by the demonstrations, a BBC reporter says. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani phoned his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, about the crackdown.

    Why is Iran concerned about the crackdown? They should be told that win or lose Imam must spill the blood of dogs and baboons on the street.