Nigerian Shiites write U.S. not to sell weapons to FG

Shiites protest detention of their leader Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky
Shiites protest detention of their leader Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

A Nigerian Shiite group, Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, has written to the United States government urging it not to sell weapons or any military hardware to the Nigerian government.

The letter, which was dated August 17 and signed by the head of the Free Zakzaky Campaign Committee, Abdulrahaman Abubakar, cited “appalling human rights record” of Nigerian military as the reason for the group’s “vehement objection to the proposed sale of weapons and military hardware to the government of Nigeria.”

In the letter, the group stated that “the military’s human rights record in Nigeria is utterly dismal and the Nigerian government’s commitment to the rule of law is even worse off.”

It drew the attention of the U.S. government to “incessant refusal of the government to acknowledge excesses of the military in handling civilian matters, but even tries to justify them.”

IMN alleged the examples of “the blatant murder of 34 unarmed civilians in Zaria in 2014, including the children of Sheikh Zakzaky, without the government doing anything about it.

“As if it was not grievous enough, the murderous soldiers returned in December, 2015 with an even more brutal force, resulting in the death of over a thousand innocent citizens. The initial response of the government to this callous disregard for human lives was to say, it was a “military affair.”

The group further alleged that “there is usually no properly conducted inquiries, no prosecutions, no remorse and no public apologies after such acts by the military.”

The Shiites accused the Nigerian government of “shirking in its duties to hold its soldiers to account.”

PREMIUM TIMES has extensively reported the December 2015 killings and the decision of the government to eventually set up a judicial commission of enquiry on that and other alleged human rights abuses by the military. The Shiite IMN, has however, announced its intention to boycott the public hearings, expressing doubt in the composition of the commission.

The group further cited the case of continued incarceration of its leader, Ibraheem Zakzaky, and his wife “after shooting them at point-blank range, treated them in the most humiliating and denigrating manner before hauling them into incommunicado detention without charges for twenty months.

“Even after a Nigerian High Court had ruled that the detention is unconstitutional and ordered their release, the government has continued to contemptuously defy the order.”

The petition therefore called for a complete arms embargo to be placed on the Nigerian military.

It also wanted the embargo to be extended to travel bans and other embargoes for senior military and political leaders “until a genuine commitment to the principles of rule of law, justice, fair play and human rights can be demonstrated beyond rhetoric and half-hearted measures by the government”.


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  • amazing2012

    Aha hahahaha so USA (Dhagot) are now your friend !

    • Abdul Mumin Giwa

      Funny that you are laughing at yourself

      • amazing2012

        How ?

      • amazing2012

        “Walan tharda ankal yahudu wallan nasara hatta tattabi’a millatahum…
        Now you are the same !

  • TrueFairGame

    Tell me which state will tolerate what the IMN are doing in Nigeria. Disregarding the constituted authority and running a State within a state. The point is that even if their believe is to disregard authority, they must respect it because the apparatus of state are in charge.
    I am not in support of disproportionate use of force and killing of unarmed but i also realize that human right takes second place when matters of state security is involved.
    It is ironic that the they want the Government to obey the Courts that they dont regard as anything.

    • Abdul Mumin Giwa

      You are talking out of point because not even the Nigerian government can provide any evidence that the IMN was running a government within a government for which if they had they would have used it against them. But they are detaining the IMN leader illegally without any charges because they have none. The IMN went to a court of competent jurisdiction that ordered the unconditional release and compensation of the IMN leader for which the Nigerian government is acting against the constitution in contempt of court. Where is proof and where is evidence?
      How can the government murder over 1000 innocent unarmed citizens within a period of 48 hours because they dont share the same faith base with the president and his men and they will tell you lies to justify the killings and you will be promoting the lies? Where art thou’s dignity?

      • amazing2012

        ..The IMN went to a court of competent jurisdiction…so you believe of the same court you called haram and Dhagot?
        Your videos can not lie, where you paraded yourselves with sort of uniforms and arms. Let ask you: was your organization? By who ?
        When you blocked the public road for users and you were begged and begged, your leader states that he can not control you. Please public road ? And why do you blocked the road and what do you achieved.? Now you are begging the same institution you disrespect and the same USA you abuse in every of your lectures, statement, madness walk, and action.
        You are young ignorance about government !

        • princegab

          Sorry oooo, imn too the laws into their hands and the government has the responsibility to protect the Nigerian people. That’s the simple truth.

  • AFRICANER

    This is exactly the right course of action, as an initial move; every other oppressed minority, especially the Igbos, must begin courting and educating the President of United States, Donald Trump, who has vowed to deal with Sunni Islamic Terrorism, which has a nest in Nigeria; if Trump is serious, he must deal with Britain, and Buhari.

    All the minorities need is help to defend themselves; they can do their own fighting.