By Abdulmumin Giwa

The extent with which governor Nasiru Elrufai of Kaduna state has been pressing and insisting on refusing to allow the revered leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) to seek urgent and proper medical attention abroad despite his severe medical condition has become glaringly suspicious.

It appears that apart from him and some Wahabi sectarian bigots he has identified himself with, it is virtually clear that majority of Nigerians believe that Sheikh Zakzaky (H) must not be allowed to die in detention especially as it is now public knowledge that he needs urgent medical attention.

Unfortunately, Elrufai is misusing his power as governor of Kaduna state, displaying himself as someone with personal interest in the plight of the Islamic Movement to frustrate all efforts of getting the revered leader to get medical attention. People are now asking why he is so much a stumbling block in the whole matter.

Yes, from the side of the state government there is an easy answer: because Elrufai is the governor of the state where the Islamic Movement leader comes from, and this is a natural reason obviously. But it appears he is more interested in the plight of the Islamic movement than other matters of urgency in the state which his lack of foresight had deteriorated especially the tension between the Christians and the Muslims in the state which is more like on a ticking time bomb.

He is also less concerned about the dilapidated infrastructures in the state that include among others, roads, electricity and water supply. More so, he has failed to fulfill all the promises he made to the people of the state in 2014 but has turned all his attention on insuring Sheikh Zakzaky (H) is blackmailed, his course given a bad name and he dies in detention. As a result, people want to know why he is so enthusiastic on it.

Firstly, it should be clarified that the December 2015 clampdown on the Islamic Movement was a failure on the side of the government because they underestimated the outcome. They thought they could just kill and go and nothing would follow. But it wasn’t the case as what they prepared for was not what followed. They thought there would be a reprisal from the movement but there was not and they had a field day killing men, women, children and infants or three consecutive days as they chanted no more Shi’ah and were hailed by rogues who they allowed to scavenge the heaps of corpses of the Islamic movement members, stealing their personal belongings like rings, phones and pocket monies.

Instead of a violent reprisal, the movement took the path of seeking redress through legal means and also inviting reputable international human rights groups like the Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch which exposed their plots.

They did all efforts to ensure that they frustrated the efforts of the Movement but it did not work as the movement with its meager resources campaigned until its voice was heard in a lot of places not only within Nigeria but across the globe.

It finally reached the International Criminal Court, ICC and it was clear that what they did was synonymous to genocide and a crime against humanity. The ICC was able to complete its preliminary investigation and is moving to the next step of prosecution while they remain defenseless. This implies that when they are through with power and office, and had no immunity, they will be arrested to face charges and prosecution for crimes against humanity.

Elrufai had made efforts to mobilize Nigeria to withdraw being a signatory to the ICC when he accused it of favoritism and intimidation of mostly African and other third world countries. This he thought would make them not to face the ICC if he succeeds but it didn’t work and he kept silent on it.

They, the perpetrators of the crime including the Nigerian Army, came out to be fighting the Amnesty International, AI, for exposing their crimes against humanity. Victims of hunger and hardship who hardly know what AI is have been sponsored severally to protest against the AI in front of its office in Abuja. The Army had issued statements accusing the AI of wrong doing in Syria and other places.

It was the AI that exposed the mass grave in which members of the Islamic movement were buried by Elrufai in Kaduna. It released internet pictures of the sight before and after the Zaria massacre of 2015 suggesting that people were buried there. It was also the Human Rights Watch that issued a report saying the Nigerian Army needs to come clean on the Zaria massacre but was ignored by the government.

The AI report on mass grave forced the Kaduna state government to confess burying 347 members of the Movement in a mass grave in Mando village. Even the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, JCI set up by the state declared that it was against every known law in the country and beyond to do that. It also is in violation of the Geneva Convention to which Elrufai issued a statement through his media aide claiming that it was according to the Geneva Convention. Some of those buried in the mass grave were buried alive.

In the course of the attack on the house of Sheikh Zakzaky (H), which they mischievously call ‘clash’, several members of the movement were burned alive by the Army including an elder sister of Sheikh Zakzaky (H) and his nephew that were thrown into a room and the room was set ablaze by the Army. Women were also tortured by piercing shar objects in their private parts and cutting their breasts. Several families were wiped out in the attack on unarmed civilians that could otherwise be arrested and taken before court of law but were not. Instead they were extra judicially killed by the state.

Elrufai also committed the crime of tampering with physical evidences by not only demolishing the remains of the house of Sheikh Zakzaky (H) but by also parking the rubbles away to unknown destination. More so, a lot other crimes have followed as several peacefully protesting members of the movement have been killed on the streets from Kaduna to Abuja and from Kano to Sokoto.

He also used impunity to ban the movement declaring it an unlawful society in the state just to justify intimidating the Movement claiming that it was the JCI that suggested it. The JCI also suggested that soldiers involved in the massacre be prosecuted but he ignored it.   

These are but to mention just a few out of the crimes that will certainly make Elrufai and all those involved in the Zaria massacre, including the Army Chief, Tukur Buratai, to face the wrath of the ICC when they are out of power.

It is in effort to free themselves from the imminent repercussions of these crimes they have committed that is making them to appear to be over zealous in their fight against the Islamic movement and not patriotism. It is also the reason why they have blindly declared the unarmed and peaceful Islamic Movement as a terrorist organization, and it is the reason why Elrufai is taking the matter personal and leaving many to wonder what Sheikh Zakzaky has done to them to deserve such heartlessness. And of course this is the reason why Elrufai is being hailed as ‘Dodon yan Shi’ah’ (the destroyer of Shiites) in Nigeria by the Wahhabi sect in the country.