Monday, 21 December 2015

Shiites Accuse El-Rufai Of Hatred For The Sect

The Shiites Islamic Movement in Nigeria have described the recent ban on procession by the Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai as a “show of hatred for the sect”.

This was contained in a statement signed by the spokesperson for the sect, Ibrahim Musa on Sunday, December 20.

The sect described the governor’s action as anti-Shiite adding that “Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai, it is clear that he is more like an extremist anti-Shi’ite Governor and not a state governor.”

The statement reads: “The Governor took his time in his speech to elaborate on rights to religion and social association but chose to deny only the Shi’ites such rights who he sees as his enemies. By the timing of the state broadcast, which came almost a week after the unfortunate incident, after collecting enough but weak propaganda details indicating the Movement, it further buttresses the point that the state Governor is a signatory to the mass extra-judicial killings perpetrated by the Army.”

“We describing the governor as an anti-Shi’a is not only because of the hatred he has exhibited in his state broadcast, but also by his answer to a question in a live program on Freedom Radio Kaduna during his campaign when he was asked whether he is Shi’ite, which he could have simply answered no, but he went along and cursed those who called him Shi’ite on radio to express his hatred for Shi’a.”

“Definitely no justice should be e expected from a speech made up with details only provided by the antagonistic culprits leaving out every information from the victims despite the damages impacted on them.”

“Road blocks are a general phenomenon all over the country. Other Muslims block roads on Fridays and during other events, Christians block roads on Sundays as well, people take over the roads during wedding ceremonies, protesters from all strata of the society from various unions and organizations also do the same including during festivals and carnivals.”

“Moreso, even the emirs block roads during their durba outings, politicians also block roads during their rallies and million man rallies and his (El-Rufai) rally when he was campaigning to become governor is an example in which his supporters blocked roads and were even harassing his opponents along Ahmadu Bello way and Ali Akilu road.

“So it is virtually clear that he is only using this opportunity of military attack on the Islamic movement to stamp his signature on state terrorism perpetrated and sponsored by the government,” he said.

On the issue of the Shiite temple which the governor claimed was erected without the planning permit, Musa said: “If the state government felt the Hussainiyah was wrongly erected or breached planning permits, why not get a court order and evict us? Or does the government mean there are no magistrates or Alkali left in Zaria anymore?” he questioned.

Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai had issued a ban on procession by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as the Shiites few days after a bloody clash between the sect members and the Nigerian army in Zaria.