Popular pro-unity Islamic scholar, Mufti Menk last week paid a visit to Nigerian northern state of Kaduna governor, Nasir el-Rufai.
Governor el-Rufai confessed to secretly burying over 350 minority Shia Muslims in a mass grave in Mando cemetery after a military massacre of protesting youth.
Amnesty international condemned the Nigerian government for the massacre and secret burial. The graves have since not been exhumed for investigation and no state official has been repudiated.
A judicial panel set by the implicated governor el-Rufai found the Nigerian military guilty in the mass murder. There has been no action since the panel submitted its findings.
The purpose of Mufti Menk’s visit to the governor is unknown, however it has been noticed that there is little attention to massive issues affecting Muslims in Black Nigeria from the global Muslim community and leadership. Boko Haram, the world’s deadliest terror group, ravaged the mainly Muslim north while there was little condemnation from scholars and no assistance from Muslim nations to help Nigeria end the scourge. Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari notably condemned terror attacks in Belgium, Ivory Coast, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and even France and others but failed to condemn the most deadly bombing attacks when they happened Iraq killing mostly Shia Muslims at a shopping mall.
Quran 8:46 And obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not dispute and [thus] lose courage and [then] your strength would depart; and be patient. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.
Quran 8:73 The Unbelievers are protectors, one of another: Unless ye do this, (protect each other), there would be tumult and oppression on earth, and great mischief. (Yusuf Ali)
The Nigerian leadership killed as many as 1000 Shia Muslims in the massacre last December and abducted the leader of the Islamic movement Sheikh Zakzaky after killing his three sons and shooting him and his wife Zeenat and killing three of their sons. Zakzaky was blinded and he and his wife have since been detained without trial for the past nine months.
It was the second time in a year that three of Zakzaky’s sons were killed by the Nigerian army. In July of 2014 the previous Jonathan government also killed three of Zakzaky’s sons. With six dead, he has only one boy left.
In extreme persecution governor el-Rufai went ahead in the two days of carnage to demolish properties of the Islamic movement at six locations including exhuming graves which were listed, photographed and condemned by Amnesty international.
The Islamic movement, a mostly Shia movement in Nigeria with a population of as many as 7 million has been recognized for its peacefulness in the nation in its over three decades of existence.
Mufti Menk has recently been loudly and tearfully engaged in promoting unity among Muslims.