By Najib Maigatari
The December 12/13 Zaria massacre will ever remain a black day in the hearts of students of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (ABU) and in the hearts of the peaceful members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and ofcourse in the heart of every sympathetic individual who cares for values and respect humanity.
Mujaheed Isah Waziri is among the 1000+ innocent Shi’a Muslims brutally attacked by the despotic Nigerian military during their carnage on the peaceful members of the IMN led by their Chief of staff Tukur Burutai. Though, the actual cause of the brutal massacre is not yet said, the military till date failed to convince the world on this merciless massacre; all their excuses to cover the carnage appears inhumane, barbaric, pre-planned and despotic.
Students in ABU are condoling with us over the whereabout of this great hero. He was the Class representative of 300 level geography. His classmates declare him as someone very responsible who always put their needs before his, cares for their well fare, ensures peaceful and conducive environment in the class. "We can never have another Mujaheed Waziri ever, " they said crying. Till this write up they did not nominate another class Rep, who will take over from him because of how they respect him.
I overheard many students talking about his good conduct. He is a comrade, popular and friendly. I always smile when I overhear something like this.
He is among the leading members of the Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement (AFIMN) ABU Zaria chapter. He has a well planned future on how to boost Sheikh Zakzaky’s Da’awah. He planned on AFIMN ABU Chapter paying an honorary visit to Pastor Yohanna Buru of Kaduna state, visit to the Christians of the academia in order to improve the human brotherhood between us, visit to Fudiyyah Zaria and even organising debate and quiz competition among them.
I saw him last in Husainiyyah Baqiyatullah on the day of commomerating the martyrdom of the holy prophet (SAWW). I even passed without recognizing him. He called my name and I turned back, we exchange pleasantries and gists about the school and about our upcoming activities in the campus. The very last words he uttered to me smiling are "Include us in your prayers please Najeeb" By then he was drawing "Tasbaha" on his hand. I smiled back and said "likewise my guy. " we shaked hands, not knowing that may be the last time I can meet him!
Since after the brutal massacre, Mujaheed’s whereabout is still unknown but he was at the residence of Sheikh Zakzaky in Gyallesu during the carnage. He phoned last with his father telling him that he don’t think they will be able to see each other again, as there were only few of them remaining in Gyallesu by then. Is he among those burnt in Sheikh Zakzaky’s residence? Is he among those given mass burial? Is he among those in detention and being tutored at military’s barrack? Only He, the exalted; knows the best!
Peace be upon you the day you were born, the day you are martyred and the day you will be raised alive my guy! We really miss you!!!
Najeeb Umar Maigatari
Sunday, march 6th, 2016