The Kaduna state governor, Nasiru El-rufai has concluded plans to shed the blood of mourners taking part in the solemn religious rite of #ArbaeenTrekNigeria 🇳🇬 2017 in the state if what he circulated through one of his media aides, Samuel Aruwan late Monday is to go by.
Mr. El-rufai, not to be outdone by the massive bloodletting in Kano by the police on the orders of his counterpart there, has similarly alerted the security agencies to pounce mercilessly on the religious minority group, which he pretentiously declared “unlawful society.” According to the statement issued and signed by the ego-challenged Aruwan, “the government will arrest and prosecute anyone that marches in the state in the name of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).”
Aruwan went on to say that security agencies have been alerted… to mount surveillance in all parts of the state. The statement further said that the Kaduna state government is “concerned by reports” emanating from neighbouring state, and has consequently advised “residents of the state” especially “Kaduna communities close to the borders of neighbouring states” and security agencies to alert on any procession by members of IMN in any part of the state. This is seen by keen observers to be a signal to security forces and thugs to mercilessly attack members of the Movement without any consequences.
It will be recalled that similar call last year around the time of Ashura resulted in the brutal attacks of members of the IMN by a combined team of soldiers, police and thugs, resulting in the death of about five people, torching of schools, religious centre and residences of some members of the IMN. Although all those who carried out those heinous crimes are known, and were indeed seen freely moving in police vans (thugs and policemen) as they looted then set our buildings on fire, none has been punished in any way.
El-rufai’s animosity towards the Islamic Movement in general and Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky in particular is at its peak. During the Zaria genocide of December 2015, El-rufai was the one used to locate the Sheikh using geo-location facilities via phone call. It was also El-rufai that executed and supervised the secret mass grave burial of hundreds killed. He also was the architect of mass destruction of our properties including schools, religious centres, graves and residences. It was El-rufai that declared IMN guilty while announcing formation of a lopesided Kangaroo judicial commission of inquiry only for him to set aside its findings that indicted the military and his government. El-rufai only recently called Sheikh Zakzaky “animal” on a television programme and only reluctantly substituted it with a more civil word on instistence of the TV presenter.
Apparently, El-rufai is set to let hell loose this time around before the day of reckoning.