Arbaeen 2019: Yet another Nigerian Conspiracy to Mass Murder Sheikh Zakzaky’s Followers
Office of Nigerian top Shia cleric and leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria [IMN], issued a press statement warning of the regime’s planned massacre ahead of the Arbaeen Trek that will be held in the coming days.
The statement read the following:
According to a piece of information that has reached Sheikh Zakzaky’s Office, Nigeria’s Buhari-led government had held a meeting with selected traditional rulers and Wahhabi/Salafi clerics, planning another pass killing of Sheikh Zakzaky’s followers during the forthcoming Arbaeen Symbolic Trek which will take place on Saturday October 19, 2019 in Abuja and other parts of the country.
At the gathering, officials lamented on the emirs’ and clerics’ refusal to back the government in the previous Ashura attacks launched by the police. Thus, the government officials cautioned the participants that in the impending mass killing, any emir or cleric, who shows reluctance towards its Saudi-sponsored massacre, will be depose.
The government has proposed two plans to achieve its target. First, to kill anybody who participates in the Trek. In the same vein, emirs will mobilize hoodlums to destroy and set ablaze houses, schools, businesses, centers and other belongings of Sheikh Zakzaky.
In order to justify the proposed killings, security agents have concluded a plan to mobilize convicted criminals and deploy them to the scene of the Trek. The criminals’ assignment is to create an avenue for violence.
Second, to target congregations should Sheikh Zakzaky’s followers decide to conduct Arbaeen program in schools and centers, and security agents will attack the gatherings and massacre participants across the country.
For the daily Free Zakzaky protest being conducted in Abuja, a reliable source has revealed that the police have recruited informants and stationed four of them in each strategic location. The task assigned to them is to inform police of any gathering by the adherents of the Islamic movement. The police have given them paramilitary training as well as guns to cause violence and put blame on the protesters.
In view of the forging, and person who loses his life in the forthcoming Arbaeen program, Buhari and the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu will be held responsible. Buhari should note that the December, 2015 Zaria massacre has woefully failed to stop us from practicing religion of Islam. Hence, further intimidations and massacres are bound to fail…
We are calling on international community, civil society organizations, journalists and the general public to take relevant action on crimes and violations of human rights being committed by the Buhari-led government against Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his followers, as the Arbaeen Trek will commence just as last year’s.
Finally, we are reiterating our demand for unconditional release of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Zeenah.
The Nigerian army killed 348 Shia Muslims in Zaria during an attack on a religious ceremony.
On December 12, 2015, Nigerian soldiers attacked Shia Muslims attending a ceremony at a religious center in the city of Zaria, claiming they were blocking the convoy of the army's chief of staff and attempting to assassinate him.
A spokesman for the Islamic Movement in Nigeria stated at the time that over 800 people went missing or were held in detention since the incident.