According to a reliable source close to Lt-Gen. Yusuf Tukur Buratai, the assignment shouldered on him by tyrant Buhari during the massacre in Zaria was to eliminate the leader of the Islamic movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, through whatever means possible. Mr Buratai himself was quoted saying that; “the operation has failed due to our inability to kill el-Zakzaky”.
Even so, the orchestration of how to prevail in the government’s daredevil machinations against Sheikh Zakzaky and his acolytes owes its provenance to the office of the National Security Adviser [NSA], Major-Gen. Babagana Monguno [Rtd]. The NSA’s desperation for the smiles of luck on him to get rid of the illegally detained Sheikh always results in the recklessness of availing himself of smokescreens to deceive the public, casting about for an opportunity to seize for the happiness of Buhari by killing Sheikh Zakzaky.
In the most recent cunning stratagem, a deleterious “intelligence report” is being circulated to the Nigerian security agents that a group termed “JAISH IMAN AHMAD” is going through a “gradual transformation…into an organized militia group,” and nothing could be farther from the truth. Our concerns heightened the more the moment we saw in the mischievous report that “members” of the so-called group are to “attack key targets nationwide – correctional facilities in Kaduna, FCT and the National Assembly Complex.”
The public will recall that five months ago, on Thursday, 5th December, 2019 to be exact, Justice Gideon Kurada of the Kaduna High Court ordered the Directorate of State Service [DSS] to transfer the illegally detained Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, to the Kaduna Central Prison to allow them gain easy access to their doctors and lawyers; and they were immediately transferred, but all to no avail. Again, there are seventy-six (76) followers of the Sheikh that were being detained at FCT Correctional Centres. Thus, with our leader in Kaduna and other people in the FCT, we consider the baseless, mischievous report as a fresh systematic plot to assassinate Sheikh Zakzaky under its guise, and we vehemently reject and condemn it altogether.
We gathered that the so-called “intelligence report” has its origin in the Force Intelligence Bureau [FIB], a unit of the Nigeria Police Force [NPF], Abuja. The report dated April 2020 with reference number CB: 4089/INTLAB /FIB/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.8/291/ DTO:141340/04/2020. However, and from all indications, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, has been engaged, and is thus desperate to please his boss by putting some finishing touches to what the likes of Mr. Buratai have done and still are in progress.
Buhari’s regime is too desperate to have the Islamic movement ill-named in order to hang it, but desperation, from the powers that are against a people, is by itself another cruel form of persecution. The phantom claim that the Islamic movement is armed is completely ludicrous; weapons are for the foolhardy. Ours is a conceptual struggle that gun never makes nor mars; and it cannot be put off with a gun; gun can only make it stronger.
An ideological movement of more than forty years standing without a record of violence is indeed a movement that improves lives and makes them better. If it ameliorates, it cannot turn out to be that which aggravates or destroys. It is high time the regime aligned with substance and stop chasing shadow. Incessant killings merely make us resistant to deterrence.
Over 40 years now, Sheikh Zakzaky and his followers have been detained and still are being detained, but we always follow the lawful approach in securing the release of our brothers and sisters. On the current illegal detention, the Sheikh has employed the services of Barrister Femi Falana, SAN to pursue the case at Kaduna State High Court and Court of Appeal, Abuja.
From December, 2015 to date security agents have arrested thousands of Sheikh Zakzaky’s followers. We employed the services of lawyers in both Kaduna and Abuja. In the two above-mentioned cities alone, more than 1,000 brothers and sisters have been acquitted and discharged by different courts.
Now it is glaringly conspicuous that Buhari’s regime has engaged the service of hoodlums, who will attack where Sheikh Zakzaky is being illegally incarcerated in Kaduna, and the FCT, where scores of his followers were detained, and the security agents will arrive and finalise the agenda. Is not it criminal for a state to weaponize its keeping in detention of a citizen and be aiming at his life, again and again and again? How on earth would someone think it feasible for an evil clique in the power corridor to kill a man it has so much oppressed and get off scot-free? This is, of course, too expensive a joke to crack. We are in the know of all those accomplices involved, and they alone will squarely be held responsible for whatever happens to our leader.
Finally, despite deliberate provocations and intimidations we are determined to continue with our protest demanding for the unconditional release of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife, Mallama Zeenah.
Abdullahi Muhammad Musa
For the Academic Forum of the Islamic movement in Nigeria
5th May, 2020