It is now two weeks after the December 12th incident in Zaria
that left as many as 1000 Nigerians dead.
Two weeks is very significant because this is the same length of
time it took for the then Jonathan regime to acknowledge that our Chibok girls
had been abducted.
Sadly, two weeks after the Zaria massacre the Buhari-led Federal
government is yet to acknowledge and even vaguely comment on the events that
led to 1000 dead in various locations across Zaria.
Do these lives not matter?
There have been resounding condemnations of what many accept to
be an extrajudicial and excessive use of force by the Nigerian military. The
Sultan of Sokoto led NSCIA has condemned the indiscriminate termination
of sacred life.
The Human Rights Watch and Nigerian Human Rights commission have
likewise condemned the unjustified massacre at sites uninvolved in the road
Similarly many of us including the Islamic Movement have
condemned the militant excesses of those who blocked the path of Chief of Staff
No prior persecution and earlier provocation by allegedly
staging armed soldiers with boxes of extra ammunition should warrant a stick
and stone wielding armed blockade of the road leading to the center; yet the
Nigerian government has condemned neither action and remains committed to a
scary, deadly, conspicuous silence.
Are the military above the law? This is a question we are
Nigerians are grateful to the military for their civic duty in
the war against Boko Haram where the military Chiefs are meant to be stationed
but likewise we cannot forget the altruistic continuous contributions of
various civilians, hunters and the Civilian-JTF who have been and continue to
be an equal force in securing Nigeria. No one should be above the law and in
each case of civilian obstruction, the right thing to do is call the police.
Where Nigeria lacked a government for the most of 30 years many
of us had to constitute as parallel governments including the very Civilian-JTF
and media as a parallel security departments to protect Nigeria from total
collapse. Should we be rewarded by death?
A campaign of calumny under the watch and perhaps sponsorship of
agencies of this government proves a lack of learning from recent history: when
the Jonathan government waged the most expensive campaign of calumny against
the person of Muhammadu Buhari, making him the least likely candidate to ever
win an election, it was we civilians and not the military who worked day and by
candlelight to clear the President of the wicked accusations.
Is death the payment for our work?
Is this silence and promotion of same against others when
members of the new administration make reckless blunders the reward we get?
Shall we in turn concoct deadly slander on another?
Your government is not infallible.
The Chief of army staff is not infallible.
No one is more important than Nigeria and the truth before God.
Neither one single nor 10 million Nigerians should be sacrificed
for the career of a single careless General. One in 12 of about 80 million
Nigerian Muslims are faithfuls of the Islamic movement according to
Pew polls; these include the topmost Islamic leaders and Ministers. We cannot
afford to alienate and lose these millions as a nation and politically
in a true effort to rebuild this nation and I hope our plan is not to
kill them all.
The crisis we read of in Sudan, the Congo and Kenya with some
groups who think they are ethnically or religiously superior to others,
supported by a government, killing other minority groups starts off just as we
are witnessing in the North today under your watch. Is this what you want? In
one place you can be majority, but as the Lord made the world, in another you
may be minority. We should not be pawns of the campaigns of the fanatic Arab
monarchs' mischievous billions.
There are other ways for the Nigerian government and police to
deal with the 'nuiscance' they are perturbed with by the Islamic Movement and
all other religious movements in Nigeria most of which do worse than just block
roads across the nation on their service days but are also involved in high
stake looting of public funds, laundering, frank terrorism and gun smuggling.
We know many prominent Northern Islamic leaders who have called
for deadly riots in the past. We know of members of this very administration
who have likewise been accused of directly or indirectly provoking deadly armed
protests. Without justice there can never be peace. It is the duty of the
mobile police to control armed protest, no one should be above the law or no
one will believe in the law.
I have been slandered as being Shia. Whereas even 'Shia' reject
the name. I do not care. I supported a new government for justice and equality
without which there cannot be peace. The Muslim Quran says that which means in
"...and let not hatred of any people seduce you that ye
deal not justly. Deal justly, that is nearer to your duty. Observe your duty to
Allah. Lo! Allah is Informed of what ye do."
Also we have perhaps all read the famous statement
"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak
Because I was not a
"Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not
Because I was not a
"Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
"Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak
#IAmZakzaky. I will continue to talk. I will not tire.
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