By Abdulmumin Giwa
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Army carrying heavy weapons including Armored Personnel Carriers APCs, Rocket Propelled Grenades RPGs and Automatic Machine Guns AMGs attacked unarmed civilians in a planned massacre where they engaged in a killing spree.
During the attack they violated all moral and human responsibilities as they butchered human beings like ants, shooting, bombing and burning them alive not differentiating children, women and the aged.
In a further violation they went ahead to bury hundreds of them in mass graves and abducted as many as they could and placed them in illegal detention disallowing any access to them including the leader of the Movement Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his caring wife Lady Zeenatuddeen Ibrahim.
Sheikh Zakzaky was shot severally while his wife was said to have also been shot at least twice in the womb. The reason the Army gave for this genocide against the Shi’ites was that they blocked the road the Chief of Army Staff COAS was passing through on his way to a passing out parade at the Nigerian Army Depot in Zaria. Although the COAS said he killed only seven and passed at the frontage of Hussainiyya where his road was blocked, the Army returned thereafter to launch a 48 hours genocide where they attacked and killed everybody at sight at not only the Hussainiyya, but also the residence of the leader of the Islamic Movement at Gyallesu and another location 10 kilometers away called Daru Rahma. All of these places were razed to the ground and the rubles taken away.
In the process, graves were exhumed, women were raped and killed and also stabbed with bayonets on their breasts and shot with life rounds on their private parts.
These acts against humanity generated a lot of row within and outside the country with people staging rallies and protest marches in major cities around the world including the Nigerian Embassy in UK, and the Nigerian government faced widespread condemnations.
Against this backdrop driven by sectarian hatred in the Nigerian leadership, the government and its Army came to realize that, as the American would say, they messed up bad and need some clean up. This necessitated the sponsoring of propaganda and calumny against the Islamic Movement and its leader to justify their crime at least with the gullible-minded.
For these reasons, they have sponsored calumny against the leader of the Movement and the Movement in news items and advertorials in daily newspapers, they have sponsored same in documentaries on TV networks. They have sponsored clowns to stage rally outside the Iranian Embassy and have also sponsored same in Lagos to mischievously identify the Islamic Movement with the worse terror organization in the world Boko Haram.
The latest is the one they sponsored some miscreants in Benue calling for an end to all forms of extremism and accusing the Shi’ites for the said Fulani attack on Agatu in Benue state.
Their intention is to create a stigma against the agitation for justice by members of the Movement and call for the release of the Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.