It was a full house of sobs and wailing today at the free Zakzaky Daily Sit Out as the Volunteer Unit of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, popularly called Hurras took the centre stage highlighting how their members were affected by the Zaria massacre of December 2015.
In one account, a sole survivor in a party of some thirty travellers in two buses from Bargi in Kano state, narrated how they were intercepted at Dogarawa in the outskirts of Zaria on their way to Hussainiyyah to attend the flag hoisting, and were all killed in cold blood. He was himself thought dead until it became clear that he survived it. Pictures of the 29 victims were displayed for all to see.
Having the largest number of victims than any other forum of the Movement, the Hurras came in their numbers to highlight hundreds of their victims.
With posters, banners and portraits bearing photographs of hundreds of victims that were in one arm of the Hurras or the other on display, it was the most colourful and organized since the start of the daily sit out about seventeen days ago.
They came along with relations of the martyrs to talk about them. In that respect, parents of victims came, children of victims, spouses of victims and even survivors of the massacre were all speakers at today’s event.