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What is Being Planned in Zaria?

People in Zaria particularly Sabon Gari and Gellesu areas have been traumatized over the past couple of days by grenades and gun sounds.

Reports suggest that this might not be unconnected with an oncoming passing out ceremony at Nigeria Army Depot. However, the insentient hovering over some parts of Zaria and particularly Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky’s residence in Gellesu and the Husainiyya Baqiyyatullah at Sokoto road (where activities of the Islamic Movement takes place) in the mid day hours of Wednesday, 1st February, 2012 by a Nigerian Air force helicopter has left public wondering what is in the making.

  We know that in the past, the film village of the Islamic Movement at Dambo, Zaria has been subjected to this kind of surveillance. However, this wondering is informed by the fact that the altitude at which the helicopter was flying was acutely low. There are even claims that pictures were being snapped during the exercise. Could all this be part of the passing out arrangements? The general insecurity situation in the country under the swathe of Boko Haram, have made any feat of the security apparatus to be seen with suspicion.

Reports coming in indicate that there are security deliberations going on how to frustrate the oncoming Unity Week that has been annually organized during the Holy month of Rabiu Auwal in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.A) by The Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the leadership of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky. Perhaps the popularity of the Unity Week and especially the mammoth turn out of the lovers of the Prophet is disturbing to the security. However, over the years the events of the celebrations had been peaceful and hitch-free despite the millions that participate.  It is therefore baffling on who stands to benefit from what by preventing the celebrations of the birth of the Holy Prophet.

  The question therefore is: Was the security surveillance truly part of the passing out plans or part of the surreptitious plans to stop the Maulud celebrations, or was it the Boko Haram planning something for Zaria?  Whatever happens, we are watching with keen interest. On Allah we depend and He is the Almighty.  


Abdullahi Danladi,

Resource Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.