The leader of Nigeria’s Shiites Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky of the
Islamic Movement of
Nigeria, whose three sons were killed yesterday Nigerian troops in
Zaria said the Shiites were armless and never armed themselves in their
Zakzaky said in a brief telephone interview: “We were armless during
our procession, and they shot us after we ended our procession, the
whole world knew our history, we have never armed ourselves. We are
waiting for the lies that they will tell.
“We were just helpless while the soldiers shot us with impunity; we
have children, women and even the aged in our procession. We had this
procession in many parts of the country, and nothing happened and for
almost 40 years we have been doing this.
“They shot our brothers and sisters; my son Mahmud, who came from a
university in Beirut, was shot on his stomach and died on the way to the
hospital. They came back and arrested three of my sons alive and killed
two while in their custody. How did they arrest my children without
resistance? Our submission to the Nigerian authority is not in doubt
hence they took them away. And so what lies are they telling?
“They took Ahmad, Hameed and Ali with them; Ahmad and Hameed are
chemical and neurotics engineering students in China. It was my fourth
son there, Ali, who had a gun wound that confirmed that the soldiers
have killed his two brothers, and they were all arrested alive.”
He also said that, the action of the soldiers was premeditated and
clearly clearly extra-judicial killing: “If you are accusing someone of
committing an offense, you must carry out prosecution according to the
law of the land, but why kill people with impunity? Even if you say we
have breached the law, then you must look for the leader and try him in
an open court. What have we done?
“My appeals to all our brothers and sisters to be calm and I will
soon address the press and you will receive our stand, thank you and
wish you the best in New York.”