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Thursday, 27 October 2016 07:56

By Saminu Azare
From all indications the Zaria massacre of 12 – 14 December, 2015 which resulted to the death of over 1000+ Shia Muslims including 67 students of tertiary institution was a plan to crush the peaceful Islamic Movement in Nigeria as teleguided by the United State.

The media reliable sources revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari was aware of the Army attacks on defenseless innocent Muslims faithful on 12 December, 2015 when he was attending musical festival and convocation ceremony of the Kaduna State University (KASU), he also remained in the state throughout the period of massacre and were kept abreast on the successful operation.

The source also said part of the plan was the visit of U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry on 23rd August, 2016 to Nigeria where he held a closed door meeting with Sultan of Sokoto, Northern Governors and Northern Islamic Scholars on the modalities to be used to crush Islamic Movement in Nigeria and ban all its activities, he later discussed a crucial matters with President Buhari on the same issue.After the visit Mr. John Kerry traveled to Saudi Arabia on the following day 24th August, 2016 where he held series of meetings with senior Saudi Arabia leaders on the next step to be taken against the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

On 7th October, 2016 the Chief Imam of Medinah Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdul—Muhsin Ibn Muhammad Al-Kasimy arrived in Nigeria and held a meeting with President Buhari, Zamfara state governor, AbubakarYari, Consul General Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Majeed BN Muhammad Algahtamy, Mal Awwal and Top leaders of Izala Muslims group on the process of banning the Islamic movement in Nigeria which included the use of Tugs and Muslims group to attack the followers of Sheik Zakzakyinorder to avoid condemnation of International communities that occured in Zaria massacre.

On that same day the Kaduna State Government made a declaration on Islamic Movement in Nigeria as unlawful statement. The statement from El-Rufai spokesman, Samuel Aruwan explained that the declaration order, which comes to effect on Friday 7, October, 2016, provides for the prosecution of person that may be in breach of its provision under the laws of Kaduna State.

Being Nigeria a multi-religious country with ethic diversities, the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended has guaranteed every citizens freedom of religion in every 36 states of the Federation and FCT.

Articles 38 (1) every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom (either alone or in community with others and in public or in private) to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching practicing and observance.

Parts of the religious activities conducted by Islamic Movement includes Annual Mauludcelebration,Annual Ashura commemoration,AnnualEidilGhadeer, SayyidaFateemaweek,Imam'sweek,Quds International Procession and Ashura symbolic trek to Zaria

By Saminu Azare