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Tension in Sokoto as Shiites accuse Tambuwal of plotting mass killing

By News Express on 22/11/2017

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The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, says it has uncovered a plot, allegedly endorsed by Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal for mass killing of its members, including women and children, as well as wanton destruction of properties that will include residential houses and business premises.


In a statement on Monday, Ibrahim Musa, President of the Media Forum of the Movement alleged that in preparation for this, series of secret meetings were held in and out of the state, “wherein it was decided by the conveners of the meetings that the incumbent Governor will only get a second term if his government is seen to be fighting Shia tooth and nail. It is reckoned that his government’s scorecard in terms of developmental projects is nothing to write home about, hence the only bait is to be seen to adopt a stern anti-Shia posture.” 

The Islamic fundamentalists also claimed that the government has since last month been using the state Police Command to harass and intimidate its members as they go about their religious observances.

It said there was even a public announcement purportedly banning the activities of Shiites in the state, adding that only last week, “a faceless organisation called Mabera Magaji Community was contracted to write a petition” to the state Police Commissioner demanding the immediate demolition or relocation of the house of a prominent leader of Shiites, claiming that those in its neighbourhood no longer feel safe.

The Movement said it “will like to categorically remind the Governor that a second term will not be guaranteed merely by fighting Shi’a in the state. What it will certainly guarantee him rather is the wrath of Allah, for the Shia in the state have not broken any law. A cursory look at his predecessor, Senator (Aliyu) Wamakko, should prove to him that persecution of Shia does not pay anyone in the long run. He killed and maimed, he imprisoned hundreds and massively destroyed their properties and above all, he framed up charges against several others and wrongly detained them. Yet the courts discharged and acquitted the Shiites and awarded damages against the state government, which is yet to be paid. Meanwhile, Shias remain and are waxing stronger in Sokoto, much beyond his misrule. And definitely the court of the Lord of the worlds awaits him as well, sooner or later. It is therefore pertinent that Governor Tambuwal tread with caution on this sectarian fight. He will be held responsible for any attack on IMN members, leaders and properties in Sokoto State.

“Those behind the faceless organisation called Mabera Magaji Community should know that IMN members are equally bonafide indigenes of Sokoto. The letter to the CP only exposed their intolerance because they failed to cite a single criminal activity carried out by IMN members in their midst to make them feel unsafe.

“Let it be clear that Shia members in Mabera, like in all others in parts of Sokoto State and the country at large, are peace-loving and responsible members of their communities. There is simply no reason to malign them on the prodding of some mischief makers. IMN members in Mabera in particular have always conducted themselves peacefully, respecting the rights of neighbours. Yet the Sokoto State government wants to turn the hitherto peaceful neighbourhood into a war theatre.

“Finally, we loudly call on Governor Tambuwal to let peace reign in the state and allow all citizens to enjoy the freedoms guaranteed them in the Constitution. As a lawyer, we hope he will at least respect this aspect of the laws of the country.”

Source News Express

Posted 22/11/2017 05:48:57 AM


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