In the ongoing suppression of the Islamic movement in Kaduna, the El-Rufai-run state government has reportedly continued to demolish all the minority Muslims’ acquired properties in the state in continuation of the demolishing of Zakzaky’s house and the Husainiyyah center destroyed since last week.
Over sixty graves were exhumed yesterday in the ongoing persecution. Soldiers together with government agents went back to the Shuhada cemetery and completely destroyed it including the graves of Ayatullah Zakzaky’s sons which were killed last year by the Jonathan government.
Human Rights Watch has condemned the actions involving the killing as many as a thousand faithfuls and secret burial of over 300 as unjustified.
According to the Human Rights Watch report, dozens of faithfuls were also killed during the aggression at cemeteries.
IMN Press Release:
It has come to our notice that the Kaduna state Governor has ordered KASUPDA to demolish all the properties belonging to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
Yesterday, KASUPDA under the protection of security agents razed to ground what remained of our Husainiyya Islamic centre.
We are particularly irked by the demolition of our newly bought property adjacent the Husainiyya, a former NTC compound, which they did yesterday.
That compound has been in existence since the colonial times.
Governor Elrufai didn’t stop at that, his government’s KASUPDA demolished our Fudiyya Islamic centre, where we were holding our Islamic programmes before relocating to Husainiyya about five years ago.
That building was also duly occupied by us and was built by the owner over thirty years ago. It was in the midst of other people’s houses.
Today also KASUPDA demolished the family house of Sheikh Zakzaky wherein lies the remains of his mother who died a year ago.
The house is located in Jushi qtrs of Tudunwada Zaria.
We condemn this act of brutality against the Islamic movement. This atrocity is a pointer to the fact that, while the government is busy telling the public that they want peace to prevail after the massacre, but at the same time it is out to provoke us more.
We believe if the government is truly searching for avenues for peaceful resolution to this crisis, the government should be seen by all to be following due process in whatever breach they are accusing the Movement.
We are calling on the Kaduna state Governor, Nasir Elrufai, to desist from exploiting our patience and endurance and stop further destruction of our properties.
President of Media Forum of the Islamic Movement