FG’s Silence on the Killing of My Three Sons Confirms There Was a Conspiracy – El-Zakzaky
Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, whose three sons and 32 followers were allegedly killed by soldiers in Zaria last Friday, has condemned the Federal Government’s silence.
Speaking when the Publisher of Leadership, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, visited to condole him in Zaria yesterday, Zakzaky said the Federal Government’s silence confirmed his stand that there was a conspiracy.
He said: “It is unfortunate how soldiers would kill innocent people on a peaceful procession and government refused to say anything, as if those killed were animals.”
“We have confirmed that Lt Colonel Okuh killed some of the victims, including my sons. I am surprised that 33 people were killed and nobody from the government is saying anything.”
“My sons and some of the victims were taken alive to Basawa Barracks and tortured to death. There were signs of electric shock on some of the bodies, according to doctors.”
“It would surprise you to know that there was a roadside beggar the dead. There was Mr. Nyanwu, about 68-year-old, also killed because he cautioned them on why they were killing innocent people. So, it is not about Shiites-Soldiers clash.”
“I don’t know if I can call them Nigerian military. I was told that on our way to the cemetery soldiers on checkpoints were saluting and sympathising, saying what happened was not in their name. What happened was executed by a special killer unit, special murder unit. I was told there were 64 of them that came from Abuja.”
“They came after the demonstration was over and people were dispersing. They started shooting indiscriminately at people dispersing.”
“The first among my sons to be murdered was just on his way in his mother’s car with the intention of going to convey his other brothers. He parked the car on the way.”
“Four of my children were taken alive. One of them, Ali, was shot in the leg; the rest were taken alive. Mahmoud, on learning that three of his brothers were taken, decided to go with them.”
“They waited for him to come at close range before they shot him. The doctors said the shot was targeted to ensure he bled to death,” El-Zakzaky said.
Nda-Isaiah called on Nigerians to come together to save the country from what he called poor leadership and impunity.
He said: “We now heard that 33 people have been killed. Even if you kill 33 chickens illegally, that could have been quite serious. So, I believe the only thing that can solve our problem is leadership.”
“I think they (Shiite) should go to court and fight. It is commendable that their leader has called for restraint.
“I don’t know how many of us would lose three children and maintain our calm. That is commendable.
“All those guilty should need to face the law. It is time we started to punish crimes in this country,” he said.
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