46 MONTHS AFTER ZARIA-MASSACRE, 23 GIRLS ARE STILL MISSING -IMN

The Sisters Forum of the Islamic movement popularly known as Shi’ites, has alleged that the families of 705 people that got missing over the course of the December-2015 massacre in Zaria are yet to see their missing children. 46 months after.

In a press release signed by Zainab Zakariyya for the Sisters Forum of the Islamic movement, obtained by SUNCITYNEWS, the group alleged that the massacre was stage managed, and claimed that President Buhari and the presidency are keeping mum.

According to the report: “We would like to inform the general public that the families of 705 people that got missing over the course of the December-2015 massacre in Zaria are yet so anxious for their missing children. 46 months after, as pretty long a stint as it is, neither the Nigerian Army nor the Police are saying anything about the missing persons or their whereabouts. Even more distressing is the case of 23 girls kidnapped. These girls were made off with in a broad daylight: attached to this press release is a comprehensive list with their names and where they hailed from”.

Most surprisingly, the stage-managers of the massacre, particularly Buhari, on whose table the buck stops, are keeping mum, and their flinty silence is quite deafening. If Saudi Arabia footed the bill of the massacre, Buhari is the proxy through which it was ordered; and the Army, along with the Police, are the handy instruments for its execution headlong into a bang. Thus, from the orchestrators down to the killer-cum-arsonist troops and undercover agents, no one wants anybody to be informed about the fate of the missing people. But, if anything else, the government’s silence acquiesces to more conspiracies in the offing.

Nigerians and international community are well acquainted with this massacre, where more than 1,000 innocent men, women, children, the aged and infants were killed within 48 hours in Zaria, Kaduna State. Even pregnant women and nursing mothers were not spared; some were burnt alive, others gunned down, and the victims buried in mass graves so as to do away with conclusive evidences of the war crimes.

Sheikh Zakzaky, his wife Mallama Zeenah and many more of his followers are languishing in detention in spite of life-threatening injuries they had sustained. The brutal carnage left hundreds wounded, some of which are battling with effects of the wounds to date. Furthermore, the perpetuation of the persecution continues without any stops. The most recent of such wanton crimes are the October-2018 bloodbath during Arbaeen symbolic trek and July-2019 bloodletting in the free-Zakzaky protest, both in Abuja.

What took place on December 12, 2015 had been clandestinely planned out to be sponsored through petrodollars by Saudi Arabia. Buhari approved it, and the Army carried it out, and the Police are now putting finishing touches to it. The prime target for elimination and obliteration is Sheikh Zakzaky with the Islamic movement he pioneered, and is leading. They had planned to kill him on 12 December, 2015 before 12:00 mid-night. But, in the wake of the failure of December-2015 project, a directive has been given to the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu to continue with the massacre under the guise of the ex-parte procription ruling made by a Federal High Court in Abuja. Is not this a cover-up to commit all sort of cruel atrocities hostile to followers of Sheikh Zakzaky?

One needs no crystal ball to get the hang of all that has been, and is still, happening. Nonetheless, Zaria Girls are like Chibok Girls, yes they are all human beings. It is either one is for humanity or against it, no one can make good an escape from this choice. The humanity that aroused the interest of people of conscience as well as Civil Society Organizations with respect to the Chibok Girls should provoke them about Zaria Girls, and thus the campaign for Bring Back Our Girls ought to include them. In fact, the kidnappers of both Chibok and Zaria Girls are not double-edged.

Nigerian Security personnel are capable of apprehending whoever commits an offence like Chibok Girls’ kidnapping, but why the dilly-dallying? It is a clear indication that there is something fishy in the whole matter. However, Zaria-masscre has well exposed everything therein. By analogy, while the abductors hid their identity in Chibok, the urge to put a wrap to it was disregarded in Zaria; they came with their identity unconcealed. They killed and kidnapped innocent citizens during the massacre. The wind has blown, nay it is getting up and no date for its dropping.

With these vicious atrocities committed by Buhari and his accomplices, the IGP who killed a senior police officer and a Corp member in order to justify the killing of 12 peaceful free-Zakzaky protesters is jumping from one media house to another, tagging free-Zakzaky protests and religious processions as terrorist acts.

We have right to carry out our religious processions and we will continue to demand for the unconditional release of our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife to the last drop of our blood. Similarly, we will continue to oppose all forms of tyranny and oppression in Nigeria.

We would like to inform the general public that the families of 705 people that got missing over the course of the December-2015 massacre in Zaria are yet so anxious for their missing children. 46 months after, as pretty long a stint as it is, neither the Nigerian Army nor the Police are saying anything about the missing persons or their whereabouts. Even more distressing is the case of 23 girls kidnapped. These girls were made off with in a broad daylight: attached to this press release is a comprehensive list with their names and where they hailed from.

Most surprisingly, the stage-managers of the massacre, particularly Buhari, on whose table the buck stops, are keeping mum, and their flinty silence is quite deafening. If Saudi Arabia footed the bill of the massacre, Buhari is the proxy through which it was ordered; and the Army, along with the Police, are the handy instruments for its execution headlong into a bang. Thus, from the orchestrators down to the killer-cum-arsonist troops and undercover agents, no one wants anybody to be informed about the fate of the missing people. But, if anything else, the government’s silence acquiesces to more conspiracies in the offing.

Nigerians and international community are well acquainted with this massacre, where more than 1,000 innocent men, women, children, the aged and infants were killed within 48 hours in Zaria, Kaduna State. Even pregnant women and nursing mothers were not spared; some were burnt alive, others gunned down, and the victims buried in mass graves so as to do away with conclusive evidences of the war crimes.

Sheikh Zakzaky, his wife Mallama Zeenah and many more of his followers are languishing in detention in spite of life-threatening injuries they had sustained. The brutal carnage left hundreds wounded, some of which are battling with effects of the wounds to date. Furthermore, the perpetuation of the persecution continues without any stops. The most recent of such wanton crimes are the October-2018 bloodbath during Arbaeen symbolic trek and July-2019 bloodletting in the free-Zakzaky protest, both in Abuja.

What took place on December 12, 2015 had been clandestinely planned out to be sponsored through petrodollars by Saudi Arabia. Buhari approved it, and the Army carried it out, and the Police are now putting finishing touches to it. The prime target for elimination and obliteration is Sheikh Zakzaky with the Islamic movement he pioneered, and is leading. They had planned to kill him on 12 December, 2015 before 12:00 mid-night. But, in the wake of the failure of December-2015 project, a directive has been given to the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu to continue with the massacre under the guise of the ex-parte procription ruling made by a Federal High Court in Abuja. Is not this a cover-up to commit all sort of cruel atrocities hostile to followers of Sheikh Zakzaky?

One needs no crystal ball to get the hang of all that has been, and is still, happening. Nonetheless, Zaria Girls are like Chibok Girls, yes they are all human beings. It is either one is for humanity or against it, no one can make good an escape from this choice. The humanity that aroused the interest of people of conscience as well as Civil Society Organizations with respect to the Chibok Girls should provoke them about Zaria Girls, and thus the campaign for Bring Back Our Girls ought to include them. In fact, the kidnappers of both Chibok and Zaria Girls are not double-edged.

Nigerian Security personnel are capable of apprehending whoever commits an offence like Chibok Girls’ kidnapping, but why the dilly-dallying? It is a clear indication that there is something fishy in the whole matter. However, Zaria-masscre has well exposed everything therein. By analogy, while the abductors hid their identity in Chibok, the urge to put a wrap to it was disregarded in Zaria; they came with their identity unconcealed. They killed and kidnapped innocent citizens during the massacre. The wind has blown, nay it is getting up and no date for its dropping.

With these vicious atrocities committed by Buhari and his accomplices, the IGP who killed a senior police officer and a Corp member in order to justify the killing of 12 peaceful free-Zakzaky protesters is jumping from one media house to another, tagging free-Zakzaky protests and religious processions as terrorist acts.

We have right to carry out our religious processions and we will continue to demand for the unconditional release of our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife to the last drop of our blood. Similarly, we will continue to oppose all forms of tyranny and oppression in Nigeria.

Zainab Zakariyya
For the Sisters Forum of the Islamic movement
14th October, 2019

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