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Stop The Killings; Release Sheikh Zakzaky!

Free Zakzaky Protest in Abuja

   
   
As we again come out today in demand for the freedom of our leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife, it’s exactly 1644 days since when his incarceration began at the hands of this repressive Buhari regime, in spite of a valid high court order for his release, payment of compensation, and a house built for him. Four years has since passed since this historic judgement that has cast aspersion on the ability of the federal government to dispense justice.

In the aftermath of Zaria genocide executed by the Nigerian military in December 2015 we have been calling on all citizens to uphold the dictum that injustice to one is injustice to all, but to no avail. Most people, after the gross flagrant abuse of power by the military on Sheikh Zakzaky and his followers couldn’t express their condemnation, choosing to remain silent since the military excesses didn’t affect them directly.

But in truth, Islam abhors injustice, and enjoins Muslims to express disdain to injustice and the unjust whoever they are. Indeed history is full of instances when Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) assisted the victims of injustice in upholding their rights. This explains why for the past five years we have been explaining how this Buhari regime has trampled upon the rights of Sheikh Zakzaky and his followers, demanding that citizens condemn this repression, and call for the release of our leader unconditionally.

Indeed this repressive government has started on the wrong foot of killing armless citizens exemplified by Zaria genocide and since then hardly a week passes without damning reports of kidnappings, killings by bandits, tribal jingoists, and insurgents, who always leave behind them tales of blood spillage, destruction of properties and rape of defenceless citizens. In the past few weeks the situation has exacerbated in almost all the 19 states of the North.

It’s however gladdening that people have now realised where the blame of this senseless killings going on in the country properly lies – the bucks stops at the presidency. It is the duty of the federal government to secure the lives of citizens wherever they are and whenever there is a breach of peaceful coexistence it has a share of the blame. It is either the government is the direct executor of the violence just like when its military descended upon civilians in December 2015 in Zaria or its incompetence gave rise to the violence just as it is with the case of the bandits pillaging the land with death and destruction.

We therefore reiterate our call that it is obligatory upon the citizens to show their disapproval to any oppression and support its victims whoever they are, irrespective of their religious affiliation, tribe and regional disposition. Injustice is injustice and it’s not difficult to be identified. This is an important step that will issue in the necessary change to the nation, such that the era when citizens just fold up their arms and watch those at the helm of affairs oppressing whosoever is against them will be a thing of the past.

We once again condemn the wanton killings going on in this country under this Buhari regime since its inception, from Zaria genocide of December 2015 to the ones currently happening unchallenged by the security operatives in states like Katsina, Zamfara, Sakoto, Niger, Borno, Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau and others. It’s on record that our leader Sheikh Zakzaky has warned the nation of this impending disaster nurtured by the government and its foreign collaborators, who are bent on usurping the vast mineral resources this region has been endowed with by Allah the Most High. And there is no iota of doubt on the fact that among the reason for his incarceration is the way he has been exposing their evil plans against the nation.

We also once again call on the federal government to obey the federal high court order that granted freedom to our leader, Sheikh Zakzaky, his wife and hundreds of others in detention over Zaria genocide since 2015. Refusing to release them under the guise of a sham trial is a gross injustice, and Allah abhors injustice and its perpetrators.

Peace be upon those who follow guidance.

SIGNED BY
SHEIKH ABDULHAMEED BELLO ZARIA
26/06/2020

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