Zaria massacre reenacted in Lekki massacre; Find the similarities and the differences

After days of extensive reporting, PREMIUM TIMES brought out a clearer picture of what happened at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20. It was immediately clear that what happened in Lekki was exactly a reenactment of what happened in Zaria between December 12 and 13 2015. REFLECTION-ONLINE looks at the similarities and differences. Lekki: At about 6:45 p.m. on October 20, men in military uniform arrived at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos in three Toyota Hilux vans and almost immediately began shooting into a crowd of peaceful protesters…

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O Prophet of Allah, We Would Sacrifice For You Our Souls, Blood, Lives and All!

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Lekki, Zaria Massacre, The Nigerian Army and Public Confidence

Nigerians have remained not only perplexed, but also in a state of confusion since the Nigerian Army announced recently that it did not kill protesters at Lekki, an issue that has clearly drawn a line between two camps in the country. There is clearly the camp of the Muhammadu Buhari and his supporters on the one hand, and the camp of the supporters and protectors of the protesters on the other hand. It has also come to public knowledge that there is an ingoing independent investigation that has indicted the…

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We Are The Heroes Of This Nation, Sheikh Zakzaky Declares

“We are heroes in this country,” the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has publicly declared, noting that the basic difference between Nigerian leaders and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, is that while Nigerian leaders always seek to kill people, members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria are always striving to save the souls of Nigerians. We are the heroes of this nation,” he declared. Sheikh Zakzaky challenged the leaders that if they want to show how good they are in the society, they…

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“I’m Not Afraid of ICC” – Gen Buratai Dares World Court

“Do not be afraid of ICC war crime charges,” the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff. Lt Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai was quoted as telling Nigerian soldiers in an apparent response to comments credited to the ICC Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda. The ICC Prosecutor had on Thursday said her office is paying a close eye on developments in Nigeria, following the attacks on #EndSARS protesters in Lekki, which has drawn international condemnation. “My office has been closely following the events around the current protests in Nigeria and the reaction of Nigeria’s…

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Rumors of Sheikh Zakzaky’s Death, Act of Mischief Makers

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has found it necessary to dispel the rumors currently making waves of the passing away of our leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky. We believe the originators of the rumors and its circulation are government sponsored mischief makers trying to plunge the nation into further chaos. Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky was visited by his family members on Saturday, 24/10/2020 in the Kaduna Correctional Centre where he is being held on trumped up charges by the Kaduna state government of Elrufa’i. While the Sheikh indeed suffers from potentially life…

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The Injustice Against El-Zakzaky and the Shiites – By Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

“The most painful thing for me is the culture of silence around this. Yes, Shiites are in the minority and the most unpopular of Muslim populations in northern Nigeria. But is that enough reason for them to be hunted down in this manner? Does anybody think this is okay and normal and nothing will hunt us down the road?” Assume that they indeed blocked the road that the chief of army staff was about passing through and heckled the senior army officers in his motorcade. This was said to be…

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The Shiites and Non-Violent Protests in Nigeria: Lessons for Activists – By Donald C. Benjamin, Ph.D.

Protests are universally recognized as legitimate means of expressing grievances. It involves gathering in large numbers and marching through streets and/or converging in an area to deliver messages through codified slogans, placards, outfits and demonstrations. Governments and their agencies are usually the targets of many protests. Protests can also take the form of demonstrations, processions, rallies or gatherings. In Nigeria, protests are also known mechanisms for driving home demands of various groups across the country. However, what appears to be unique about protests in Nigeria, particularly mass protests, is that…

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