As a continuation of keeping tabs on the major actors of the infamous Zaria massacre, one of the principal brains behind the heinous crime against humanity and the Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir Ahmad elrufai, received in audience, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr W. Stuart Symington, at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna.
Joining the mass grave digger to receive the US top diplomat were his deputy, Arc. Yusuf Barnabas Bala Bantex and running mate in the forthcoming election, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe.
It is on record that the US government didn’t publicly condemn the heinous crime of killing of hundreds of innocent Shi’a minority adherents in Kaduna in December 2015 and the digging of mass grave by the Elrufai government.
Elrufai has since gone ahead with the continued suppression of the minority religious group, and he seems poised to continue that as it has been a central theme of his campaign lately.
Elrufai had infamously said on national television that foreign election observers would go back in “body bags.”
Keen observers see the coming days and perhaps years as particularly difficult for members of the Islamic Movement in Kaduna considering the fuelling of the embers of hate by the governor and his supporters lately.
The leader of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his spouse remain detained at the instance of the Kaduna state government and being tried for alleged ‘aiding and abetting the culpable homicide’ of one corporal Dankaduna despite the State High court having earlier discharged and acquitted close to a hundred persons who stood trial for the alleged culpable homicide.
The Sheikh and his wife themselves were ordered to be set free by a Federal High court more than two years ago when it declared their detention as illegal and a violation of their fundamental rights. The government has contemptuously defied that judgement.