By Ammar Muhammad Rajab
In the aftermath of the Zaria massacre, many people described it as inhumane, and wild beast attitude; depicting the Nigerian army as murderers of the century.
Till date, since this uncouth behaviour by the Nigerian government led by a 74 years old man, members of the Movement continued to storm the streets of the nation-state to protest the extrajudicial killings and demand the unconditional release of leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, his wife and hundreds plus of his followers who are under illegitimate detention and the whereabout of many remain unknown.
Over 50 girls claimed to be members of IMN where abducted by the men of Nigerian army, thus, a campagn by some members of the movement tagged; #bringbackourzariagirls (BBOZG) where launch to heavily exert the abductors or the government to disclose the whereabout of the girls. It’s over nine months, the silence of the abductors of our sisters (girls), it’s a confirmation that the Nigerian army are criminals and where held responsible for that. Up recent, the BBOZG protest at National Human Right commision (NHRC) to express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction. Meanwhile, members of IMN proceed their protest daily, weekly to pressured the government to release their leader unconditionally. During the protest, the protesters carrying and raise placards which inscribed ‘FREE ZAKZAKY’, and raised the Sheikh Posters demand for his immediate and unconditional release to see his medical doctor as he is in state of loosing his sight completely.
Meanwhile, write-ups are among of the tax the members of the movement do in social media, their Newspaper published weekly in Hausa language called ‘ALMIZAN’, their biweekly newspaper ‘POINTER EXPRESS’ published in English language, their websites (some post in English, 1 in Hausa Language) among others to conveyed the real, trustworthy, and reliable story of the massacre as the government go on propaganda in the state owned Television, Radio, print and new media to blackmail the Islamic movement in Nigeria. People of conscience describe the paid campaign as a impropriety to Nigerian government. The questions to be raise includes; Why the government choose to tarnish the image of the movement? What is their foredeal in doing that? Is there any hiding agenda after the massacre? It’s pertinent the government to know that; a deception is always a deception, nobody, whosever he is can paint it to become truth. A liar is always villainous and the truth always prevalence.
For the members of the movement, this is not strange to us, the tyrants in any era, fight with the path of the justice, and we know that Sheikh Zakzaky has stand with justice and his movement is against injustice. That is why many despotic Nigerian governments attacked the movement and fear the rise of the movement as they know the end of their despotism, injustice, corruption, cultism is the movement. Human history show those in the right path always be tested. For the government, we still demand the unconditional and immediate release of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, his wife, hundreds of our detained fathers, brothers and sisters. And we will continue our protest as the constitutions that govern the nation-state give us the right to do so. We will continue redress legally.
Incipient, the movement is based on knowledge and thinking. We do not understand any word rather than ‘FREE ZAKZAKY’ and we would continue to shout-out until our revered Sheikh is release. If you don’t want any protest, then release our leader, he is innocent. Our struggles continue.
Ammar M. Rajab 8th September, 2016.