Zaria Massacre: CAN, NSCIA demand judicial commission of inquiry, call for calm

Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, have urged the Nigerian government to investigate the killing of several members of the Shi’ia sect during a clash with the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The army had on Saturday clashed with the group. The exact number of those killed is yet to be ascertained.

CAN and NSCIA are the highest decision-making bodies of the two major religions in Nigeria, and serve as the umbrella bodies of all Christian and Muslim groups respectively.

While CAN urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and probe the killings “to avoid the escalation of the crisis”, NSCIA set up a seven-man contact committee to meet with all parties “in the interest of peace and security in Nigeria”.

A statement by the national secretary of CAN, Musa Asake, said although the body would not pre-empt any action to be taken by the government and the Nigerian Army, it would sue for peace between the two contending parties.

CAN demanded the setting up of a judicial panel of inquiry to establish the cause of the crisis and prevent a reoccurrence.

It drew the president’s “attention to the fact that similar circumstances as this led to the escalation of belligerence from the Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād, also known as Boko Haram”.

While urging that no harm should be done to the spiritual leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, CAN said the establishment of the panel would help forestall fresh insurgent activities in the country.

The association said it “observed, with much sadness, the altercation between the Nigerian Army and Muslim faithful of the Shia Islamic movement, which led to loss of lives of many members of the Shiite”.

“Our faith is bed-rocked on love. We do not only love ourselves, but we also love our neighbours and Shiite Muslims are our neighbours,” the Christian body said.

The Christian body however condemned reports by an Iranian Network, Press TV, which reportedly claimed that CAN had colluded with Boko Haram and the Nigerian Army to perpetrate the killings of Shi’ia Muslims.

“This is a most unfortunate accusation especially given the fact that CAN has consistently sympathized with the Shias over previous clashes with the authorities,” the association said.

“We urge the Iranian backed Press TV to be mindful of its reportage in order not to stoke religious tensions in Nigeria. We work on the assumption that that is not their intention.”

The association also called “on all lovers of God, be they Christian or Muslims, whether Sunni or Shia, to keep the peace and await judicious action from constituted authority”.

On its part, the Muslim body, NSCIA, set up a seven-man committee to meet with all parties involved in Saturday’s clash.

The decision to set up the committee was taken at an expanded general purpose committee meeting comprising notable Muslims and heads of all Islamic organizations in Nigeria.

The meeting held on Wednesday at the National Mosque in Abuja.

The Secretary General of the NSCIA, Is-haq Oloyede, who spoke with reporters at the end of the meeting, said Muslim leaders decided to come together “to express their concern about what is happening in Zaria and call for restraint on the part of all stakeholders in the interest of peace and security of Nigeria”.

He said NSCIA had also decided to call on the Nigerian government to set up a judicial commission of inquiry to probe the incident.

“Council also decided to set up a seven-man contact committee to meet with all parties and call for caution that we should await the report of the commission of inquiry,” he said.

The group’s scribe said, Daud Naibi would serve as the chairman of the committee, while Muzammil Hanga, Abubakar Tsav, Ibrahim Suleiman, Yusuf Ali, Abubakar Siddique and Is-haq Oloyede would serve as members.

Mr. Oloyede, a professor, said the judicial panel inquiry that should be set up by the government should include all relevant persons and organisations, including the NSCIA.

“If possible members of the group concerned should also be represented on the commission so that whatever comes out would be something that is credible and would be seen as impartial,” he said.

Mr. Oloyede said another decision taken at the meeting was a call to all Muslims in Nigeria to take advantage of the next Jumaat prayer on Friday “to offer special prayers for this country”.

He said with adequate prayers, God would aid the return of peace to the country.

Mr. Oloyede also called on the government and citizens to always adhere to the laws of the land.

“We continue to call for caution from all parties including the aggrieved and we call on the government and the citizens of this country that the best way to solving any grievances or infractions is through the rule of law.

“We should always seek the law as a solution to any of the problems we have, rather than self-help either on the part of the government or the citizenry,” he said.

The meeting was chaired by the supreme leader of the NSCIA, the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, and was attended by several Muslim leaders across the country.


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  • Frank Bassey

    Now that Buhari has been implicated in the Dasuki trial by collecting or accepting 2 SUVs bought with money meant for weapons purchase, will Liar Mohammed of the lying liars club have an explanation?

    • Sparzo

      So Dasuki and Jonathan’s bag man (special assistant) and the PDP really stole/misused N12B that was claimed to buy arms and ordinance to fight Boko Haram?

      • Anonymous

        So Waecless Buhari actually partook of the sharing of the money? Mr integrity? Breeze don blow and fowl smelling yansh don open waaaaaaaaaaaa!

        • Sparzo

          All we know now is that Dasuki and Jonathans man stole the money, as Dasuki alleged to have given Buhari some. When this is repeated in open court, then we should hear from Buhari if it is true and why he took the money.

          • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

            Truth will continue to elude u and your family if u have any—–till death do us part–sadly u are an Ibo man—-with a Fulani father————-what u need is our pity–in your state of confusion—-Tell us why Buhari took those 5 vehicles from Jonathan–ati 300,000 dollars——-‘? THEN WE CAN TALK——-BUT UNTIL THEN JUST SHUT UP——–U HAVE NO VOICE HERE—————–animals

          • Sparzo

            You obviously have not read my post to Anonymous and if you did, you did not understand it.
            I really do not have much patience with agarachas.
            I do not suffer fools gladly.

          • Otile

            Don’t say that Imam took money, say he received money.

          • Sparzo

            If something is given to you, you take it.
            You receive something sent to you like a letter or even money.

            Passed your ”O” level English yet?

          • Otile

            Sir, I got me more than O level English from England too. To say that Imam took money, bribe money for that matter besmirches his character. Understand?

          • Sparzo

            Well I am pleased for you!

          • Otile

            Thank you. Now you know.

          • Sparzo

            No. You are not especially brimming with the grey matter now are you?

          • Otile

            That’s your opinion. Your judgement is yours, nothing anyone can do about it.

          • Sparzo

            Unlike yours, which is that of all Nigerians or is it Biafrans?

          • Otile

            What are you struggling to say?

          • Sparzo

            I do not expect you to get it. Goodbye.

          • Otile

            You alone can understand what you are trying to say, nobody else can. Read over all your comments or get an educated person to help you. In short you don’t make sense. Odigba.

        • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

          YES HE DID—————–HE WAS GIVEN 5 VEHICLES AND OVER 300,000′ DOLLARS

        • Nwa_Africa

          It is the duty of NSA to provide vehicles to the former Head of States and Presidents………………….Where he got the money is his problem because they are covered by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria……………………………….

    • Ed

      pls stop makin me laugh.

    • Otile

      You know that their reaction is a foregone conclusion. At best they will brush it aside and call for an inquisition into what some former minister in Jonathan’s administration did. You see, for Islamic APC nothing can be more unpardonable than the perceives wrongdoing of their opponents.

      • Otile

        I mean to say – perceived wrongdoing of their opponents.

  • Sparzo

    The mind boggles at the army’s explanation.
    Who gave the orders and why?
    The attempted assassination of the army chief bit,
    is an insult to the intelligence of the average Nigerian.
    Does the Nigerian army really shoot Nigerians for right of way?

    It seem the army just went out to kill those people.

  • O’tega

    CAN should be bothered about the fact that Buhari has co-opted Nigeria into the newly formed Islamic countries fighting terrorism. Is Nigeria now an Islamic country? Is this not the alarm which Fani Kayode raised some months ago? Sharia is coming to all of you right now. More cutting of hands and legs. No shaking of hands except the Queen. Oh……………………..Animal kingdom is here. Buhari is just confused.

    • Sparzo

      Are you Donald Trump?
      Does Fani Kayode still smoke crack?

    • Höly Wähala

      Mumu… “fighting terrorism” is the key phrase. Remove your religious veil and be objective.

      • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

        Same old Buharimice—-on the loose with his yeye Fulani ati Ibo thoughts—– Is the murder of Shiites in Nigeria by Buhari who has refused to issue a statemnt on the matter till date— also part of the fight against Terrorism—? Monkey————Dont we have Muslims in Liberia and Togo–ati Ghana——Why is Nigeria, a secular country the only Tuareg country to join in that war—–While Iran filled with Shiites are refused membership? –Besides—what type of soldiers are going to be sent to Saudi Arabia–Will they include Christians——-like General Kuti———–or only Muslims——————Would Saudi Arabia allow Shiites in the Nigerian army, participate in the exercise-?———This is the beginning of the Islamization of Nigeria——————by your Fulani fathers————The CIA sold the Horn of Africa to the Saudi Arabians during the cold war———–Now look at Sudan——-Somalia———–among countries in Africa–Gambia is now an Islamic country–That was the country that Tinubu went to impose a Jihadist as president via the directives of Buhari—FFK warned us against Buhari—————But as it is usual with Nigerians –we threw caution to the wind and allowed old regional sentiment to take the better part of us——–Separation is the answer——————animals

  • Curseless

    Buhari did what is best for Nigeria by consulting with our neighbors in order to confront Boko Haram collectively. That is what a sensible leader does. Mind you when Buhari was the military head of state he refused to attend the OIC meeting and a christian leader in the name of Jonathan is on record to be the first Nigerian President to attend the OIC meeting.

    • share Idea

      Are you commenting against thread

    • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

      Wahala u are sick not one Nigerian is ever going to buy into this rubbish–again—So stop selling this your yeye crap to us—Buhari is a retired wayo certificate less General in the Nigerian army–Prior to the elections, he lied to us that he would be able to end boko haram and free the fake Chibok girls-just as he ended the Maitasine riot within days. Once the USA is able to imposes him on us with the aid of Yoruba thieves like Obj–Soyinka and Co———-Well Buhari has been in Aso Rock for almost 9 months now–with nothing to show for it—–Just busy stealing my oil revenue!——Sadly it has been blood, tears and sorrows–Most Nigerians are cursing the day he was forced on us by the USA–It is not as if he won the elections-never! Buhari was rigged into power by the CIA————with the aid of Saudi Arabians–That was why Amaechi said election or no election Buhari will be president—————-Buhari has now moved Nigeria 100 years back—————a total disgrace to the Nation—-Good that he was made presiden sha! So that Nigerians would know the difference——-between the brain of a stark illetrate like him who goes about begging for SUV vehicles and an educated mind——-like that of Jonathan—-The Awo of the SS———-Are the Soyinkas– Objs ati David West whom buhari used not quiet now-‘ Separation is the only way out—–Animals—–

    • Otile

      My brother Jonathan did so to appease the Islamists, but it didn’t help.

      • Nwa_Africa

        That is because he is a foo0lish man to have become our President……………………………

        • Otile

          In other words millions of Nigerians including Oduduwa people who elected him are more_foolish. You tell us.

          • Nwa_Africa

            Blame Obj that forced him on the rest of us…………………………..

          • Otile

            You also had the choice to refuse. However, Jona is gone, people should not dwell in the past. No more excuses.

          • Nwa_Africa

            Under PDP election does not count mind you………………………………..

          • Otile

            What do you mean by that? You mean that 9ja people labored in vain electing Obj, Yar’Adua and Jonathan or are you going to single out Jonathan because you Yorubas hate him?

      • Daniel Ikwuagwu

        What sort of an excuse is that?!

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    Under President Jonathan–this was what -The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI said against his government-That–( “Nigeria is being misgoverned to the Brink”, and accused the federal government of failing in its primary responsibility of providing security for residents.

    The group, which is a coalition of Islamic organisations in Nigeria and is headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, also expressed doubts about the government’s role in the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency.
    In a statement by its Secretary General, Khalid Aliyu, the group said it has observed a trend of increase in Boko Haram attacks whenever the federal government seeks an extension of emergency rule in the three Northern states affected by the insurgency.

    “But must blood be spilled to justify the extension of State of Emergency?” the group asked. “Why is it that any time, the ineffective State of Emergency is about to elapse and or an extension is being sought, attacks are carried out with sophistication?”

    But now that their Fulani brother thief SVU Buhari is in power—their regional voices have all gone quiet—————-Gone to sleep as Nigerian is gradually being turned into an Islamic Republic by Buhari-

  • Omo Akin

    The Senate set up a probe panel. The Reps set up another probe panel. With the call for another panel (be it judicial or otherwise), the question is how many panels are required to address this case. What was done in 2014 when the same Shite had a fatal encounter with the army and people died in that encounter?
    It is unfortunate that people died, but setting up 3 or 4 probe panels on the same case is a sheer waste of scarce resources. While it is appropriate to unearth the cause of the crisis and how to avoid a repeat occurrence, it is insane to use the sad incident to fleece the public till by setting up multiple probe panels. Please do not use this as a source of obscene allowances and other expenses.

    • Otile

      As you can see, if the oil money was coming from the North they wouldn’t set up copious panels to hear again that civilians were massacred by the army. They will milk this incident till thy kingdom come. Aboki man is cunning.

      • Daniel Ikwuagwu

        You are totally offline. Embarrassingly so.

        • Otile

          Meaning what?

    • muazu wali

      My friend this is leadership where a blind is leading the blind. There are Emirs, Religious leaders, members of Kaduna state in the national assembly, state house of assembly and an Executive Governor of their own why can’t they call them? In.any case Zakzaky has been known to be in.Zaria with his followers for many years. Is it necessary for the.National Assembly to be interested in.such activities?

  • Happening Now

    “The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Ahmadu Bello
    University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Zaria yesterday confirmed that the
    hospital had received 61 bodies of victims of the clash between the army and
    Shiites. Professor Lawal Khalid told our correspondent in Zaria that the
    corpses were brought in batches by the army. “The initial batch was 60 bodies.
    They later brought an additional one. This made a total of 61. However, they
    have evacuated all the corpses from the hospital. This is all I know,
    as I am not around now,” Professor Khalid said”.

    ………..Daily Trust

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Does it surprise any Nigerian that Buhari has not released any statement on the massacre,of course he tacitly supports the killings……as simple as that.

    • Otile

      Those are his enemies. Be told that our Imam takes no prisoners.

    • muazu wali

      Why? Is is not sufficient that the COAS has spoken? What else can he add to what was reported to him and conveyed to the people. by his army chief? The era of dictatorship has gone. The President does not have to speak to make a report legitimate or true.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Yes the presidencies of all the functioning democracies of this world cannot keep quiet in the face of mass-murder, but I do not blame you,that is why Nigeria is a Zoo .

  • musa aliyu

    This crazy hypocritic country called Nigeria dey tire person. The Shiites are not Muslims, but they pretend to be one. They have been lawless and the chief of the town their leader lives protected them to the detriment of the majority. They once smatteref his windscreen and nothing happened. They also prevented a governor from entering Gyallesu, their Oga’s hamlet, forced him to trek, abandoning all his entourage, all because the same chief sued for “peace ” with the urchins. They raised a gun on a Colonel and the soldiers saw it as an act of war and they raised down three of his kids, alongside tens of others. Why would they not feel they are above the law? All that want to see what happened should watch the YouTube clip on the encounter with the COAS. Any person faulting the army doesn’t know the rules of engagement of the army. If the urchins were not cleared, we would have surrendered to urchins and Nigeria would have had another president in a zakzaky. Don’t waste our money or time on any probe. They declared war on the army and they got what they really deserve.

    • Daniel Ikwuagwu

      Its really worrisome. Caution and tact are still needed in resolving the trouble at hand, especially with characters whose real intention is to instigate mayhem.

  • favourtalk

    Sure, let the shiite that are eager to disturb the peace of the nation come out and defend the
    Sleds about the disturbance caused around kaduna state and by attacking the nigeria army. We have a war going on with the deadly bokoharam sect and nobody or group of person should atop that….

  • tunde

    Don’t waste money on nonsense probe.
    Did they respect the law?
    Did they obey the constitution regarding freedom of worship and freedom of movement?
    These hoodlums had the audacity to confront the guardians of the state and most people are complaining they don’t want another boko haram.Let me tell you folks boko haram came into being because government neglected their duty of providinng infrastructure for gainful employment.The well to do and politicians used these young folks and discarded like piece of trash.
    If they had allowed free flow of traffic would all this waste of lives be necessary?

    • Shittu

      Yes, they used necessary force to restore flow of traffic.
      THEN WHY DID THEY(MILITARY) HAVE TO GO ON A RETALIATION MISSION TO THE SHIITE ENCLAVE TO KILL DEFENCELESS CIVILIANS AND MOW DOWN DOWN THE PLACE??
      THE KILLINGS WERE HARDLY(IF ANY) AT THE BLOCKED ROAD.
      WHY HAS THE MILITARY NOT SHOWN GULLIBLE ZOMBIES LIKE YOU A VIDEO OF WHAT HAPPENED AT THE SHIITE ENCLAVE??

      Tundemess, why are you such a deceitful liar?? All in a bid to defend your lord and master buhari..who anyway sees you as a kafir??
      Honestly tundemess, you deserve to be pitied.

      • tunde

        Engage in constuctive dialogue instead of engaging in name calling Hey,i have to to go to work.

  • Analyst

    Buhari is so busing with international trip that he has not made any comment. CAN and NSCIA are the one doing what he should have done or calling him to do something as important as this. Buhari is Suni and he hate Shiite and Christians.

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  • Tafidan Dogon Daji

    The leaders of the two religious bodies deserve a high profile commendation on calling for an in depth investigation into the Zaria massacre.
    Like the Boko Haram at stage one,got their leaders murdered in cold blood,which forced the group to go wild,so do the Shi’ites who are also armless were brutally murdered in their hundreds.We pray that peace will continue to reign in Nigeria and the neighborhood.

  • Say the truth

    Dear Editor
    Premium times.
    Permit me to write on the topic: IF ROLES WERE TO BE REVERSED.
    If the president and commander in chief were to to be a certain Jonatha?
    If Buratai were to be certain David Ikechuckwu/ Awoniyi Samuel Oyedele?
    If the prossession were to be that of Sunni Muslims?
    If shites were not considered minority among Nigeria Muslim community?
    What would have been done differently by various parties?
    Will a certain Prof. I . O. now famous for inciting violence at every little event that concern religion not have have called a world conference?
    Would we have demanded immediate removal of Buratai?
    Just thinking aloud about Nigeria question, the minority/majority syndrome, the unnecessary emotional outburst that normally follow anything religious in Nigeria.
    It is time to also change the way we react to events in the interest of togetherness and unity.
    Finally,
    In whose interest is the destructive campaign by the press TV?
    Is someone sponsoring violence in Nigeria indirectly?
    By suggesting the federal government can’t attack boko haram because it is of ‘Zionist’ and the ‘lords in Washington are we saying Buhari is a Zionist?
    These are questions for security apparatus to think about.
    Thanks.