Nigeria: Police attack and arrest civilians marking Ashura

Press Release from Islamic Human Rights Commission, London Armed police in Nigeria have broken up a gathering of civilians marking the historical events of Ashura, arresting at least six people. The six, all members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, whose leader Ibrahim el-Zakzaky remains in detention, were seized while commemorating the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Husayn. The arrests took place in Sokoto in northern Nigeria. A statement by the Free Zakzaky Committee said it is working frantically to secure the release of the six and to establish…

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Government must protect Ashura Religious activities and will be held responsible for any attack on commemorations

For the last nine days since the start of this year’s mourning sessions across the globe, there are indications that the Nigerian government is poised to repeat the brutal assault it carried out last year against mourners. The Kaduna state government has kick-started the unjustified trampling on the rights of people who are taking part in their religious duty in Kaduna and Zaria, in scandalous violation of all known sane laws. Similarly in the last few days, Sokoto state has followed suit in the brutality and went further to announce…

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Tambuwal intensifies persecution of solemn religious observance of #Ashura mourning in Sokoto

Sokoto state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has continued the brutality and persecution of #IMN members doing the solemn religious observance of #Ashura mourning. Thus far, it has been confirmed that the following were arrested by @AWTambuwal in Sokoto: 1. lbrahim Buchi 2. Mukhtar Liman 3. Ukasha Jibril 4. Anas Abubakar 5. Muhammad Sani Gobirawa 6. Ali kabiru The #FreeZakzaky Campaign Committee is making frantic efforts at confirming the names of others affected by the Sokoto governor’s persecution and seeking redress. What @AWTambuwal & other bigots everywhere need to know is…

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Police Permit Not Required For Rallies in Nigeria, By Femi Falana

In January 2012, the mass protests against the so-called removal of fuel subsidy were violently disrupted by the police and the army personnel. During its recent industrial action the Academic Staff Union of Universities had cause to direct its members to embark on protests to draw public attention to the underfunding of public universities in Nigeria. The police dispersed the protesting academics with tear gas. A fortnight ago, a political rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers State was brutally suppressed by the police. In justifying the violent attack, Mr. Joseph Mbu,…

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REFLECTION: Desperation of the Buhari Government intensifies

REFLECTION: Desperation of the Buhari Government intensifies Since the very start of the #Zariagenocide it was obvious what the objectives of this murderous regime were. Primarily, they sought to kill Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky along with as many of his supporters as possible and obliterate his Islamic Movement. Then they would carry out series of false flag violent attacks on innocent citizens and attribute them to the Movement in the name of reprisals. That was why the government spent enormous resources in their propaganda that “IMN is worse than Boko Haram.”…

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Elrufai must stop denying us our religious right!

Elrufai must stop denying us our religious right! Last Friday marked the beginning of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, in which adherents of Shia Islam all over the World mark as a mourning period in remembrance of the brutal killing of Imam Hussein (AS), the Grandson of Prophet Muhammad (S), by the evil forces of tyrannical Yazeed on the plains of Karbala. To Shia Islam, mourning the death of Imam Hussein (AS) is a sacred religious duty. Merely a day into this mourning period this year, (last…

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What President Buhari Told UN General Assembly [What he meant but did not say]

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday addressed the gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States. Read The President’s Full Speech Below [What he meant and did not utter is inserted in bold, italics and square parenthesis]: On behalf of my country, Nigeria, [where I recently visited for the second time since this year], I congratulate you Mr President on your election and Mr (Antonio) Gutteres on his first General Assembly outing as our Secretary-General. I assure you both of my country’s solidarity and…

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Someone please help ask Saraki! Where was he?

By Ammar Muhammad Rajab and Abdulmumin Giwa Where was Saraki when soldiers of the Nigerian Army killed over a thousand people in Zaria between December 12 and 14, 2015? Where was Saraki when El-Rufai banned the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and engaged the services of thugs to team up with security agents to clampdown on members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, killing and maiming as well as torching and destroying their properties? Where was Saraki when a joint task force consisting of the military, police and plain clothes security…

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September 12 to December 12: the embers of tyranny 1

It is on a day like this in 1996, when perhaps the seed of brazen abuse of rights of Sheikh Zakzaky and other members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria was again clearly demonstrated by the brutal might of state apparatus. On that day, in the early hours of the day, well armed is security forces, using the cover of darkness of early dawn, several trucks and armoured personnel Carriers had laid a siege of Sheikh Zakzaky’s house, then situated in Kwarbai quatres of Zaria city, just behind the Emir’s…

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‘Learn inter/intra-religious relations from Shi’ah, IMN is the way forward’ – Professor of History of Ideas

EFFECTING NATIONAL RECONCILIATION By Dahiru Yahya, BA (Hons) ABU, PhD, Birmingham, FHSN Professor of the History of Ideas Guest Speaker at the 8th Annual Sallah Feast, organized by the Resource Forum of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, held in Katsina on 9th September 2017 National Reconciliation: For any nation to progress national reconciliation is necessary. Ours is a fractured nation with too much bad blood between the government and the people. There is too much inexcusable bloodshed in the polity. The vast of majority of Nigerians are not satisfied with…

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