Concerning the ongoing issue of the leader of the Shiite Movement Nigeria who is said to still be in custody of the Nigerian Police, residents of Zaria Kaduna state have alleged that Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky has been running a parallel government, through which he brought untold hardship on them for over 20 years.
Making the accusation, the residents are urgently calling on the federal government to do its utmost best at ensuring that the ban on the Zakzaky-led Islamic movement is upheld to stop the group from terrorising their communities like they did in the past.
In a press conference in Kaduna, Idris Mohammed Baba, the spokesperson of the affected Zaria communities accused members of the sect had held the people of Zaria and Sabon Gari local government areas under hostage with impunity while they ran a parallel government in the country.
Taking the accusations further home, Idris alleged that in May 2015, the Shiites had declared 24youths persona non grata for daring to challenge their activities in Gyellesu community where Zakzaky resides.
Baba also spoke of the things he had suffered in the hands of the Shiite followers for over 20 years in Zaria, he said,
“My experience with Shiite followers is disastrous and terrible. At a point, Shiite boys threatened to kill me. There is one notorious Shiite boy call Ali, he is the leader of El-Zakzaky’s notorious boys who accompany him anywhere he goes.”
He said that the community was very pleased with the way the military handled them since that is exactly how they have been handling the community for the last 20 years and more. He said because of what the military did, “we have fresh air now blowing in our areas.”
“Before, we couldn’t grant an interview to the world about the Shiite activities but now, we are sleeping with our two eyes closed. As a community, we wrote letters to the governments about the ungodly activities of the Shiites but no single action was taken. We no longer report Shiites to the police because they will never honour police or security invitation.
“These Shiites are authority unto themselves; they don’t respect authority, security and so on. We are Muslims but we discovered that Shiites activities are contrary to Islam. They carry dangerous weapons openly molesting innocent people in our areas. Human rights bodies should also look into our pains by Shiite sect,” he stated.
One of the elders in Gyallesu Alhaji Saidu Garba, who also addressed journalists, lamented that the activities of the sect has reduced the once bustling town to a shadow of its former self and crippled the Bbusiness and economic activities.
“After El-Zakzaky was released from detention in 1999, he came and settled in Gyallesu and since then, there is no peace in our area.
“We thank Allah for touching the heart of government and the military for liberating us from Shiites untold hardship.
“Shiites killed many of our people who challenged their activities, we buried them and we couldn’t talk to the world because of their threat. We were living like slaves in our own land where the Shiite leader, Sheikh El-Zakzaky came and met us. We residents of Gyallesu are calling on the Federal government to ban Shiite movement in our community and Kaduna state as a whole. Government should put a stop to the Shiite’s ungodly activities in our area,” he said.