Sheikh Zakzaky: Where The AGF Got It Wrong

A private legal practitioner, Barrister Haruna Magashi, has faulted the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, on his position regarding the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, who is being illegally detained against the judgement of a Federal High Court. In an open letter written to the AGF reacting to the purported comments in the media that the continued detention of Sheikh Zakzaky was at the instance of the Kaduna state government and not the Federal…

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A Baby Mosquito On Its Maiden Flight

“Here in Kaduna State… we cannot forget the role the Nigerian Army has played in encouraging and sustaining peace in Kaduna State…The army played a leading role in confronting the menace of the outlawed El-Zakzaky movement which has been oppressing the people of Zaria and environs for the past 30 years…” Rap! Rap!! Rap!!!. Of the four “achievements” claimed, only the Zaria massacre attracted applause. Why? This is because the other three were despite government’s lackadaisical attitude towards combating sundry crimes, while the Zaria massacre was because of the brigandage…

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Shi’ites: Injustice To One Is Injustice To All

The Federal Government has proffered both official and unofficial explanations for proscribing the Ibraheem El Zakzaky-led Islamic Movement in Nigeria, otherwise known as the Shi’ites. None of which, to me, makes any sense. With these explanations, this government has grossly insulted our intelligence. As they say in the United States, “Don’t pee on my foot and say it is rain.” The total disdain of the government for human rights and rule of law is blatantly done with Gestapo’s impunity and wantonness. The fact that the due process violation was cloaked…

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The Clueless Emperor And His Scalawags

On Wednesday, August 21, 2019 the nation online had a story captioned: “DSS: Sowore plotted to topple govt”. In part the story reads: “In furtherance to the plans to violently free Elzakzaky from lawful custody, the respondent held several meetings with a proscribed terrorists organization Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) where they strategized on how to carry out attacks to force the government to free Elzakzaky.” On the same day the Daily Trust had its own version captioned: “Abuja natives accuse IMN supporters of assault”. The opening paragraph of what…

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Truth Be Told, No One Goes To India To Claim Asylum

This write-up is not a criticism of India or the Indian government. It’s just a quick look at the Asylum and Refugee Laws of that Asian country – necessitated by recent events. Seeking asylum in a different country is as simple as it sounds, the moment you step foot in the country where you’re planning to claim asylum you simply inform the appropriate authorities of your intention and you are automatically entitled to the protection of that country until your asylum claim is determined. It is a completely different matter…

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Nigeria And The Sheikh Zakzaky Challenge

Things seem relatively calm on the endless altercation between the Federal Government and leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh el-Zakzaky, currently. Since the exchange of fireworks that followed the cleric’s return to Nigeria alongside his wife last week, both parties have taken what seems to be a well-advised ceasefire off the series of accusations and the counter accusations that attended the cleric’s failed trip to India. The current peace the nation has from the three-year-old situation between the government and Sheikh el-Zakzaky is indeed one that is heart-warming.…

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Lies, Calumny, Blackmail: “Islamic Movement in Nigeria is not a Shi’a organization” –Elrufai and Gang

In their efforts to convince Nigerians as to why they are in an all-out war with the Islamic Movement Nigeria under the revered leadership of Sheikh Ibrheem Zakzaky (H), the government, especially the Kaduna state government, along with some half-baked, turbaned hungry scholars engaged themselves in feeding the public with lies, calumny and blackmail. Actually, a general assessment of their mischief shows how they have failed to convince Nigerians woefully despite their relentless efforts. Hence, countering or responding to their lies became needless but for the need to put the…

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Buhari’s Invitation Of Shi’ites To Terrorism By Femi Aribisala

THE decision of the Nigerian government to proscribe the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, and to declare it officially as a terrorist organisation is a catastrophic blunder. In the first instance, the decision is illegal and unconstitutional. It is a blatant infringement on the freedom of religion guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution. But even more than this, it is an open invitation to another chapter of terrorism in Nigeria. For a country already groaning under the travails of the murderous Boko Haram and the marauding herdsmen, this is certainly…

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The Nigerian State And The Islamic Movement In Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

#TrackNigeria –For most States in the world, groups that organize regular demonstrations challenging policies and practices of government are often seen as irritants who should be prevented from such action. In situations where such States have not been fully civilized by democratic forces, the tendency is to use excessive force to stop the activities of such demonstrators and abuse their human and civil rights. That is clearly the relationship between the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and our security agencies. For too long, a pattern of behaviour has been established…

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Sheikh Zakzaky: Time For Freedom

Sometimes ago, four years now or thereabout, the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai, was passing by Zaria, a city in Kaduna state, when his convoy ran into a procession by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, (IMN) popularly known as Shiites, led by the incarcerated Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky. For the Nigerian military high command a motorcade transporting the Army Chief of Staff was blocked by followers of Zakzaky, who began to attack the convoy before troops responded with force. But according to the IMN, unarmed worshippers were attacked…

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