President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has been accused of receiving money from Saudi Arabia to fight the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, and that is the reason he wouldn’t give in to the rule of law and justice.
Making the accusations in an interview with the Vanguad was Alhaji Buba Galadima, the leading opposition figure, who was so close to Buhari until recently, when he understood that Buhari doesn’t mean well for Nigeria.
Alhaji Galadima questioned why anybody would be playing God deciding that Sheikh Zakzaky’s kind of religion is a bad one. “Who are they? Are they God? Are they the judge? Who decides who is a better Muslim? Is it Buhari’s advisers or God?” He querried.
“Zakzaky didn’t do anything outside the law of this country. The law of Nigeria permits freedom of speech and freedom of worship. You can even choose not to believe in God but you are still a Nigerian,” he continued.
Alhaji Galadima said, “Let me tell you something you don’t know about El Zakzaky. Buhari’s government is being used by external forces on world politics between Saudi Arabia and Iran. So, they collect money from Saudi Arabia to do what they want and those that Saudi Arabia does not like, the Shi’ites are being subjected to suffer because of Saudi Arabia. And now, tell me, if Iran and Saudi Arabia have issues politically or religiously, what business of Nigeria is it? Why should we take sides?”
Turning to the dogged determination of the members of the Islamic Movement in their campaigns to see that President Buhari obeys court order and frees the ailing Sheikh to seek medical treatment abroad, Alhaji Galadima believes that Nigerians have a lot to learn from the Shi’ites’ steadfastness and resolve in bringing about good governance in the country. “Who told you government was not arm-twisted by the protests of the Shi’ites before they allowed them to go (to India for treatment)? You think the voices of Nigerians that spoke were drowned? Why can’t we use the same voice to bring about good governance for all us?”