Zaria Community Hails Military Action Against Shiite Sect, Say “We Now Sleep With Two Eyes Closed”
Some residents of Gyellesu in Zaria, Kaduna State, have urged human rights groups faulting the Army for the way it handled the clash with members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria to look into the pains caused their community by the Shiite Islamic sect, led by Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
They also called on the Federal Government to ban activities of the Shiite movement in their community and Kaduna state as a whole.
A clash between soldiers and members of the Shiite sect in Zaria a fortnight ago left at least 60 persons killed with the international community and human rights groups calling for the prosecution of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai and the soldiers involved in the unfortunate incident.
However, a spokesperson for the community, Idris Baba, told a news conference in Kaduna on Saturday that Shiites had held people in Zaria and Sabon Gari local government areas of the state hostage with impunity and running a parallel government.
“We the elders are calling on our children who left their homes in order to save their lives due to attacks and threat by the Shiite followers to return home”, Mr. Baba said.
He narrated their ordeals at the hands of Shiite followers for over 20 years in Zaria.
“My experience with Shiite followers is disastrous and terrible, at a point Shiite boys threatened to kill me.”
Mr. Baba also said Shiites had in May 2015, declared 24 youths persona non-grata for challenging their activities in Gyallesu where Zakzaky resides.
“Before, we can’t grant interview to the world about Shiite’s activities, but now (after Shiites clash with military), we are sleeping with our two eyes closed.
“We are happy over military action against Shiites movement in Zaria because we have fresh air now blowing in our areas.
“We are Muslims, but we discovered that Shiites’s activities are contrary to Islam”.