El-ZakyZaky’s Crime Is Speaking Truth To Power – Shiites Leader
By Dipo Omoware
The South-West coordinator of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (ISM) - otherwise known as Shiites - Ustad Muftau Zakariyah says the crime of its the detained leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, was speaking truth to power.
Speaking on 99.3 Nigeria Info FM Lagos show Morning Crossfire with Wemimo Adewuni and Sheriff Quadri Zakariyah tried to clear the air on some of the misconceptions of the religious sect.
“When mallam (El-Zakzaky) started his call, he said the Nigerian political elites, especially the Northern elites are traitors," Zakariyah said.
The ISM South West coordinator added: "he said they have betrayed the Islam, they have betrayed the north and they have betrayed Nigeria and that throughout the time they have spent in power, they have not done anything for this country. They have dragged this country backward.”
“If he has committed an offence, his offence is that he’s telling truth to power. And the people of power do not want somebody to tell them the truth.”
On Tuesday last week the Shiites staged a protest at the National Assembly in Abuja. According to eyewitness account by our correspondent, Fidel Osaghele who was on ground when the protest broke out, a policeman was rushed in all bloodied up into the assembly complex. He had been allegedly shot in the head by a protester who picked a gun from policemen who were shooting into the air to scare the protesters.
According to Fidelis, things were quite heated up on the National Assembly ground and everyone was afraid to step out of the complex. Two cars were also burnt and another car had its wind screen scattered. The situation was quelled when police reinforcement from the Villa and the Civil Defence team stepped in.
But Zakariyah insists the Shiites were only there to force the National Assembly to do the needful.
“See Nigeria has three arms (of government) the executives, the judiciary and the legislature. The judiciary gave a court judgment which the executives refused to obey. We now went to the legislature to force the executives to obey a court order,” Zakariyah added.