Nigeria News: Shiite, Army And Extra Judicial Killing

Nigeria News – Shiite, Army And Extra Judicial Killing

Members of the Shiite Islamic movement have suffered brutality in the hands of the Nigerian Army in the last three years.

Towards the end of 2015 when the government of President Muhammadu Buhari was fresh, hundreds of the Shiite members were killed by the angry soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The Shiite, according to reports was attacked and killed because they blocked the passage of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen.Buratai Turkur who was on an official visit to Kaduna State.

The government consequently arrested the leader of Shiite, Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife while two of his children were killed in the fracas.

Human Right Watch condemned the killings and warned Buhari’s government against this extra Judicial Killing.

There is too much of bloodletting in Nigeria in the recent time. As the government continues to tame the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents, the hostility between the soldiers and Shiite is growing worse every day.

The Boko Haram now targets military base, resulting in the death of many soldiers. The soldiers have been complaining to the authority over inadequate welfare and weapons to combat the insurgency.

However, the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had denied the allegation, saying that the soldiers, especially those fighting Boko Haram were being adequately taken care of.

As at today, the leader of the Shiite movement, Zakzaky is still in the custody of the Nigerian Army despite the court injunction that he should be released on bail. Of course, this has led to several protests by the members.

Last week in Abuja, there was pandemonium along the Abuja Keffi Expressway. The axis witnessed

heavy traffic gridlock as Shittes movement barricaded the road.

An eyewitness said that over 10 persons were shot dead following the altercation between soldiers and members of the movement who were on a procession to get into the city centre.

The protesters wanted the immediate release of their leader. The popular AYA-Nyanya Road, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja was under lockdown.

The protest, which started at about 3 pm took about three hours before the soldiers could disperse the protesters.

The whole area was thrown into chaos as soldiers barricaded roads leading in and out of the city.

The Boko Haram insurgency was a fallout of political thuggery in Borno State.

And when the politicians could not fund these thugs anymore, they became gangs of terrorists that have been wreaking havoc on Nigeria for more than nine years now.

The present government has a lot to do in the area of security and this must be addressed quickly. At present, the political atmosphere is tensed and political elites may capitalise on the government lapses and use the protesters to disrupt peace.

It is not every protest that is politically motivated. The government must be sensitive enough to address this instead of deploying soldiers in the streets to shoot unarmed protesters.

By tomorrow, organized labour across the country will kick-start a nationwide strike with rallies across the 36 states of the federation. The government should see this as a genuine call by the workers for wage increment instead of a politically motivated protest.


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