General Adeniyi Oyepade: The Government Sacrificial Lamb for the #ZariaMassacre


The General Officer Commanding (GOC) the Nigerian Army’s 1st Division, Adeniyi Oyebade, a Major General, authorized last December’s military operation that massacred at least 347 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) in Zaria, and should be prosecuted with yet-to-be-identified army officers, a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the killings, has said in its final report.

The brutal massacre drew worldwide condemnations, and several investigative reports by various human rights groups said hundreds of people were killed by government troops and secretly buried in a mass grave in Mando, Kaduna State. The IMN said it lost more than a thousand members in the attack that took place between December 12th-14th in Zaria, Kaduna state. Adeniyi Oyepade buratai

The Commission report squarely laid the blame of the massacre on the GOC when the report stated: “the GOC of the Army’s 1st Division Gen. Oyebade deployed soldiers to carry out such a large-scale operation without recourse to the chain of command”.

This conclusion of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCI) is deceptive, misleading and exonerated the biggest culprits of the massacre that included the central figure that is the Nigerian army Chief Tukur Buratai. All those who are familiar with military rules of engagement knows that it is impossible to launch such a large-scale operation that resulted in large-scale civilian casualties with out recourse to the military chain of command. It is impossible to move such large number of troops without prior approval from the COAS Tukur Buratai and C-In-C of the Nigerian armed forces that is President Buhari.


Nigeria's military this December killed over 1000 minority Muslims in a similar but unarmed civilian situation
Nigeria’s military this December killed over 1000 minority Muslims in a similar but unarmed civilian situation

The brutal massacre of 1000+ defenseless and unarmed Nigerians who professed Shia Islam is not an agenda of Gen. Adeniyi Oyepade, that massacre is not an agenda of Christianity (the religion of Gen. Adeniyi) in Nigeria and that massacre is never an agenda of the Yoruba tribe of Gen. Adeniyi. Moreover, the wife of His Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, Hajiya Zeenat Ibraheem, is also from the Yoruba tribe like Gen. Adeniyi.

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The Zaria Massacre is an evil imperialist agenda that has the Saudi Wahhabi regime as a front. It is impossible to fully understand the massacre without fully understanding the cult of Wahhabism that inspired that brutal massacre. The mindset that inspired the Zaria massacre is the same mindset that inspired the brutal massacre of 150 University students in Kenya in 2015. It was the same mindset that inspired the Paris attacks, Brussels attacks and the Nice attacks. It is the same mindset that inspired all attacks on Shia Muslim civilians in Pakistan, Yemen, Syria and Iraq.

Gen. Adeniyi Oyepade, a Christan from Southern Nigerian, is not the true face of the Zaria massacre. The true identities of the masterminds and executors of the Zaria massacre are all Muslims from Northern Nigeria. They are the Buharis, Buratais, Elrufais, Sanusis and Shehu Idris of this world. These wicked, evil and bloodthirsty elements that are contaminated with the potent poison of Wahhabism connived with foreign powers that has the Saudi regime as a front and massacred 1000+ defenseless and unarmed Nigerians and dumped their dead bodies in mass grave, a tradition that is peculiar to their ISIS and AlQaeda brothers.

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The ecstasy celebrations that greeted the aftermath of the Zaria massacre from the fanatical and blind supporters of Buhari, Buratai and Elrufai said it all as to who were responsible for the mass-murder of defenseless Nigerians. Gen. Oyepade’s family did not celebrate the massacre but the family of Elrufai celebrated the massacre with his son, Bello, adding the name “Buratai” to his surname.

For the brutal slaughter of 1000+ Shia Muslim civilians in less than 48 hours, the cowardly bunch of Buhari and Buratai are still celebrated by their ignorance-enabled followers in Northern Nigeria as “Lions” who “championed the cause of Sunni Islam”. But when the Niger Delta militants, Niger Delta Avengers, threatened these same cowards with death if they dare visit Ogoni Land, the cowards retreated. It is important to note that Sunni Islam abhor and condemned all massacres just like Shia Islam but the empty cult of Wahhabism celebrate massacre and strongly encourage it.

When I was about to write this article “coincidentally” a military officer of Northern extraction called my friend who was together with me and informed him in a lengthy discussion on how the GOC Gen. Adeniyi Oyepade “refused the order from superior officers to stand down during the course of the massacre”. This is another deception by the corrupt Northern civilian-militatry cabal that executed the Zaria massacre.

On a final note, While Islam uphold the dignity and sanctity of human lives, sadly Wahhabism cheapen human lives and its adherents went to the extent of celebrating the massacre of the innocent most especially if the victims profess Shia Islam. There has never been any Prophet or Messenger of God in human history that killed people just because they refused to accept his message but today the cult of Wahhabism had legalized such brutalities and massacres in the name of Islam.

Harun Elbinawi
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