First to sound the warning was by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, then of the Federal High Court Abuja, who while delivering judgment in the case for the enforcement of the fundamental rights of Sheikh Zakzaky and the wife in December, 2016 said “tobiter invidious, unobtrusive acts of intolerance Sunni Islamic School of Thought”.
He further said, “tShiite School of Islamic Thought” demographic data, Sunni School of Islamic Thought”.
In the same vein, Professor Ango Abdullahi, a Chieftain of Northern Elders Forum believes Buhari’s fight against the Islamic Movement is purely sectarian.
He was asked “Is there something else about this group (IMN) that is making government afraid, something else people don’t know?”
Professor Ango Abdullahi replied that, “It is all about inter-sectarian rivalry and government has decided to be against them in favour of the sect that is against them. There are Islamic sects that are against the Shi’ites group and apparently these other groups have the ears of the authorities and that is why the authorities are virtually against Shi’ites because other sects are against them and that is very shameful.”
Last year, the Saudi Crown Prince caused a stir in international circles when he stated that they were responsible for the Zaria massacre and the continued detention of the leader of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Zakzaky.
A DW Hausa news site online reported in April, 2018 that (translated):
There are ongoing disputes over Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s claim that his country has succeeded in undermining the influence of Iran and its allies in Africa. In an interview with The Times of America, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman said his country had gone to Africa to reduce Iran’s influence in the continent, so far as it failed to defeat the country. Iran in Africa with about 95%.
Dr Zayeed Al-Amri, a member of the Saudi Institute for Strategic and Crisis Management, commented on the prince’s policy, saying that “the prince’s purpose here is to declare his plans for the enemy.” Saudi Arabia has failed to crack down on Iran’s military intervention in Yemen, Somalia, Djibouti and Sudan as it undermines its efforts to establish a Hezbollah militia in Nigeria and prevent Ibrahim Zakzaky from taking power in the country. However, some think that Saudi Arabia is punishing and inciting itself to overpowering Iran’s claims of power in Africa at the same time as the Salvation Army. Reducing capital investment in Africa and declaring war on the ideology of Wahhabism, but Iran, on the other hand, is pushing for a closer relationship with Africa and providing science and technology education for African students at present. Iran’s foreign minister Muhammad Javad Zareef has arrived in Senegal on a state visit to Africa.
This is why Dr. Amani al-Taweel from Egypt’s Al-Ahram Research Center expresses concern about the two countries’ ongoing religious tensions in Africa to achieve their goals of occupation in the region. Dr. al-Taweel says that “Saudi Arabia is no more a threat to the spread of Wahhabism in Africa than to any other trade and diplomatic relationship.”
Analysts say that as long as African countries do not share religious and political or diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia and Iran, there is no doubt that the struggle for the name of religion in the African continent will go far enough. she suffers from inter-ethnic violence, poverty challenges and disease.
Neither government denied this claim.