This year’s religious duty of #ArbaeenTrekNigeria 🇳🇬 2018 will be kicking off from Kano later today. This was announced by Dr. Dauda Nalado of Bayero University, Kano while addressing the press earlier yesterday in Kano.
Dr. Nalado, who lost his undergraduate daughter to the police brutal attacks last year during the #ArbaeenTrekNigeria 🇳🇬 2017, said that there will be no going back on the symbolic trek. Find below the full text of the press briefing:
Ladies and gentlemen of the press,
ARBAEEN SYMBOLIC TREK IS OUR RELIGIOUS DUTY: ANY ATTEMPT BY THE STATE APPARATUS TO HALT OR ATTACK IT IS ILLEGAL, DISCRIMINATORY AND GROSS VIOLATION OF OUR RIGHTS
Arbaeen day, usually conducted on 20th Safar of each Hijri Calendar is globally marked by trekking to the mausoleum of Imam Husain (the grandson of the Prophet) at Karbala, Iraq. It coincides with the fortieth day after his tragic murder on 10th Muharram (Ashura day). This day is marked in different countries. Nigeria is not left out. You may recall that the current administration in Kano State has been illegally ordering the Police Command to attack the peaceful Arbaeen trekkers without any provocation for two consecutive years:
On 14th November, 2016, where 25 people were killed 20 km into Kano – Zaria dual express way. Multitudes were injured and many were arrested.
On 5th November, 2017, where 4 people were killed in cold blood inside Kano metropolis, near Jifatu stores, Zoo road roundabout.
It is worthy of note here that all these atrocities and many more nationwide, carried out by the State against its citizens, were a follow up to the December 2015 Zaria massacre carried out by Nigerian Army under command and personal supervision of President Buhari. Up to now, the revered leader of the Islamic Movement Sheikh El-Zakzaky is still held under illegal detention together with his wife Malama Zeenatuddeen. Now another Arbaeen (2018) has come.
We therefore reiterate the following:
That the Arbaeen symbolic trek is our religious duty. We shall be free to conduct it without hindrance, harassment or even unprovoked attack from any quarter.
The State, by Law, should treat all citizens with justice and equity irrespective of their tribal or religious lineages.
Political office holders under democratic dispensation should uphold their Oaths of office in shunning away from any form of discrimination.
The Police, DSS and other operatives are supposed to be the custodians of Law and order and should avoid being partisan as to follow the whims of rather transient political office holders. They should protect peaceful citizens and avoid any hostility provocation or even attack on them.
That Government should immediately release innocent and oppressed Sheikh El-Zakzaky, his wife and other detained disciples.
That we still demand justice on the atrocities committed on us during previous occasions of the Arbaeen symbolic trek by Governor Ganduje and Commissioner of Police Rabiu Yusuf.
We pray for peace, prosperity and development of Kano State in particular and Nigeria in general. God bless us all.
Dr Dauda Nalado