Thoughts Lead To Appreciation
After days of poring through the words of Nigerians, including Shias, on the Zaria incident, I have an outline of events:
1~ Shias in Zaria, Kaduna State, some armed with machetes and other traditional tools of violent conflict, were protesting the killings of their fellows by the Nigerian Army last year.
2~ An advance security convoy of the Chief Of Army Staff Tukur Yusuf Buratai met the Shia protesters and asked the latter to clear the way.
3~ Shias refused.
4~ Shias attacked the senior Army officers.
5~ The military responded with bullets.
What happened from this point to the events at the Shia Mosque remains unclear.
The casualty figures varies from 7 to 500 to 1000 dead, depending on source – probably inaccurate and exaggerated.
Several questions are pertinent.
Who participates in a constitutionally backed right to protest armed with deadly weapons?
Was the protest really a civil demonstration or a demonstration of force?
What was the role of Ibrahim Yakubu El-Zakzaky, the spiritual leader of the Islamic Movement Of Nigeria in the violence?
Did Ibrahim Yakubu order the confrontation with the Army?
Order here is deliberately employed, as one may be aware of a crime, provide justification for the crime, know the crime is imminent, and on one’s behalf for that matter, allow the crime to occur, expect a direct feedback from perpetrators after the crime, and still deny involvement because one did not explicitly order the crime.
Therefore, order here means awareness, approval – tacit or overt, and authority.
Ibrahim El-Zakzaky will have the answers to the questions, as he remains in the custody of security agents.
Being typical opportunists, anarchists are ranting against not just the Nigerian Army, but also the President, Muslim Ulema in Northern Nigeria, not to mention Saudi Arabia, the United States Of America and other perceived enemies of Shias.