Over 1,886 children have been orphaned and 200 members arrested since the December 12, 2015 massacre in Zaria, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria said on Friday.
The organisation also alleged that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had put the sovereignty of Nigeria up for sale following the alleged complicity of Saudi Arabia in the ordeal of its leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, in the hands of government agents.
IMN spokesperson, Abdullahi Muhammad, said these during a press conference in Abuja titled, ‘Buhari’s silence over Riyadh’s claims, a conclusive proof of his guilt.’
Muhammad recalled an interview in TIME Magazine published on April 5, 2018, three years after the Zaria pogrom, in which the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, reportedly boasted of Riyadh’s success in the suppression of El-Zakazaky.
Muhammad alleged that a member of the Saudi Arabia National Strategic Planning and Development Agency, Dr Zayeed Al-Amri, had made similar claims.
Muhammad said, “From the ruinous execution of it to date, Zaria massacre has become the talk of the country. The savage killing of brothers and sisters of the Islamic movement; the subsequent carting off and incarceration of our leader, His Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky; the arrest of over 200 brethren; and the destruction of properties owned by the Sheikh have rendered 1,866 children orphaned.
“But for Buhari’s blunt approval and direct order, these could not have happened, nor even been considered. Instead of the brutal regime to make reference to or, rather, consult the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry constituted by Kaduna State Government under the chairmanship of Justice Mohammed Garba to prosecute the perpetrators, it has dumped the victims in kangaroo litigation procedures, whiling away the time in delaying tactics.
“Apparently, Buhari put Nigeria’s sovereignty up for sale, then Riyadh and her allies grabbed the perfect window of opportunity to have their bidding done. But, Nigerians should resent and be mindful of foreign interference in the internal affairs of our country. If Saudi Arabia and those giving her some backing succeed in their crazy crave for the annihilation of Sheikh El-Zakzaky and his followers, has anyone an inkling of which group of countries come next? Nigerians ought to take exception.