Igbo Mandare Congress, IMC wishes to officially condole with families of massacred members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, over the massacre of Zaria where estimated one thousand persons Shiite Muslims met untimely death.
Igbo Mandate Congress, IMC had previously condemned the massacre especially when it was suspected that the death loll was ninety. Reports have shown that estimated one thousand persons were victims of the massacre, including the three children of Sheikh Zakzaky, leader of the sect.
Igbo Mandate Congress views with outrage a situation whereby out of eight children of a religious leader, six were killed by the Nigerian Army over incidences which patience and dialogue could have resolved.
IMC also noted that even the wounded were abducted from the hospitals and their whereabouts still unknown while the leader of the sect is still in military custody, instead of getting the best of medical attention.
IMC wishes to state that the officers and men of the Nigerian Army should be taught the modern rules of dealing with civilian altercations, and should know that the frequent release of bullets is now outdated.
IMC demands that the military should accept that they reacted over the issue and take corrective actions to avoid a future repeat of this ugly incidence.
IMC also demands that President Buhari should also accept responsibility for these military excesses as Commander-in Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces and lead a delegation that should apologize to the sect for the excesses of his men.
Igbo Mandate Congress wishes to convey deep felt sympathy for this endangered sect in Nigeria, especially the family of the sect leader who have lost six out of eight children to the excesses of the military. and demands the release of Sheikh Zakzaky and other detained sect members for proper medical treatment. Igbo Mandate Congress advises the Sunni Muslims in Nigeria to live at peace with their Shiite brothers and not emulate the schisms and dissension which had polarized the Middle East, turning it into a constant war zone.
Igbo Mandate Congress had earlier on Saturday in a joint statement with Christian Association of Nigeria, South East, called for the release of detained Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, especially after the courts have granted him reprieve. IMC finds it disturbing that a fresh charge has been preferred against him, and asks the security authorities to release him without delay.
IMC once again seeks justice over 20 murdered IPOB protesters at Onitsha and demands that abducted corpses be released to their relatives for proper burial.
Rev Obinna Akukwe
Director General, Igbo Mandate Congress IMC