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Nigeria Shi’a Massacre: a crime against humanity – Former Minister.

By Nura T. M
Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation and former Minister of Aviation and Minister of Culture and Tourism of Nigeria, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode described the ongoing killing of Nigeria Shi’a community as a crime against humanity. 

Chief Femi made this known to public in an article he wrote titled "a government of sadists". 

He started his publication with "on the night of 12th December 2015 in the city of Zaria, Kaduna state, Sheik El Zakzaky, the leader of the 10 million-strong Shia muslim community in Nigeria, was shot, brutalized and dumped in a wheelbarrow".

Chief Femi added that "He (Zakzaky) barely escaped with his life but sadly, according to Iranian government sources and the New York Times, his wife, two of his sons and no less than one thousand of his shia muslim followers were not so lucky".

The Former Honourable Minister of Nigeria lamented that Shi’a community in Nigeria were massacred in the sanctity of their homes that night by members of the Nigerian Armed Forces. He mentioned that up until the time he is writing this essay not one word of regret or remorse has been expressed by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Armed  Forces or the Federal Government about the whole incident.

Femi put it in record that "That alone speaks volumes but what is more important to note is the fact that this is one of the most brutal and callous events in the history of our country".

Chief Femi also voiced it out that the killing ".. was premeditated, well-planned, well-orchestrated and well-executed. Homes were bombed and burnt to the ground and innocent and defenseless men, women and children were slaughtered in an unrelenting frenzy of violence".

He continued "After the carnage the bodies of the victims were left in the compound of the houses and in the streets and gutters for carrion birds to feed on and for street urchins and petty thieves to rob. This was indeed a sordid and shameful chapter: it was not only mass murder but it was also a crime against humanity".

Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, who is a Christian from Southern Nigeria, revealed that "those that were murdered were targeted simply because they were Shia Muslims and simply because, earlier in the day, some of them had mounted a road block which obstructed the convoy of the General Burutai, the Chief of Army Staff".

He added that "every single officer and soldier that took part in the massacre are guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity and are therefore candidates for the International Criminal Court at the Hague".

He made a call that "our leaders must be accountable and it is my fervent prayer and desire that the whole matter ends up their and that both Buhari and Burutai are called to justice".