Not for the first time, the momentous Free Zakzaky Campaign Train today Thursday called at the gates of the National Assembly forcing a delegation to address the thousands that were part of the peaceful protest. They were received by a delegation of the national Assembly led by Alhassan Ado Doguwa representing Doguwa/Tudun Wada Federal Constituency of Kano State.
Ado Doguwa and other members listened to the grievances of the Islamic Movement and were even reportedly said to have shed tears on hearing about the plight of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife. Thereafter, he addressed the members of the Movement, pledging that the national Assembly would this time around do something urgent to see that Sheikh Zakzaky is accorded his rights to health.
This was not the first time that the Free Zakzaky campaign was at the National Assembly, and it is not the first time either that members of the National Assembly were either addressing the campaign train or even pledging to do something urgent, but reneging soon afterwards.
Since the Zaria massacre of December 2015, the matter was raised only once on the floor of both upper and lower Chambers, and that was at the beginning, when the Senators and Members of the House of Representatives said they would not sit and allow citizens being killed wantonly. They set up committees to meet members of the Islamic Movement. They met once with a delegation of the Islamic Movement and then went silence ever since.
Not even the subsequent open confession of mass murder of hundreds of Nigerians and burial in mass graves or the subsequent ordering of the release of Sheikh Zakzaky by a Federal High Court in Abuja did the two Chambers recover from their docility and mute conspiracy.
There were several further letters and petitions to the National Assembly down the years, and there have been many more killings by security forces as well but the National Assembly embarrassingly remained extremely docile.
Furthermore, the Free Zakzaky campaign was taken to their doorsteps an uncountable number of times, and in fact, the very same Ado Doguwa was sent to receive the teeming members of the Movement, pledging the same actions he did on this occasion, only to fail to honour his pledges.