By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
It wasn’t a sudden change of heart on the occasion of Eid al-Adha for President Muhammadu Buhari to allow the popular leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) to leave illegal imprisonment in Kaduna, arrive in the capital Abuja, and prepare for the flight to New Delhi for medical treatment in India.
The head of the Nigerian regime, a former military general and coup leader of the past, not just aligned to the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia, but taking orders from these countries for suppression of the liberties of his own citizens, doesn’t value human considerations, let alone having any soft corner for Islamic values.
If Buhari was really a Muslim at heart, he would have held a peaceful religious leader of the stature of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky in high esteem and would never have ordered the army to carry out frequent massacres of Nigeria’s Shi’a Muslims whose growing numbers total over twelve million at present.
The Chief Executive of Nigeria, who recently got himself elected for a second 5-year term, has no qualms in violating the constitution of the country he rules, as is clear by his refusal to implement the verdict of the Supreme Federal Court of Nigeria issued over three years ago for immediate release of the IMN Chief, who has been held in unconstitutional detention since 15th December 2015 – the tragic day the Nigerian army attacked the Hussainiya Baqiatollah in Zariah to massacre over the thousand men, women, children, because of their adherence to the School of Jurisprudence of the Blessed Ahl al-Bayt of Prophet Muhammad (SAWA).
The venerable Sheikh, whose six sons have so far been murdered by the Nigerian army (leaving a son and daughter as sole survivors), is suffering from acute health problems including injury to his eyes, and was finally allowed to travel, along with his illegally detained wife, Zeenat, following the letter written to him by at least 186 physicians from several countries, including Iran, India, Britain, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the US, France, and Germany, for immediate medical treatment abroad.
As we go to the press, the chartered plane carrying Sheikh Zakzaky hasn’t left for New Delhi, and hopefully will takeoff as per the Nigerian government’s promise without any further delay, since thousands of people are eagerly awaiting his arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport of the Indian capital, where he will undergo medical treatment at the well-equipped Medenta Hospital.
Meanwhile, a kangaroo court of the Nigerian regime, in violation of the long pending verdict of the Supreme Federal Court of Nigeria, has issued absurd instructions that Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife should immediately return after the medial treatment is completed and face trial, demanding guarantee from the Indian government that it would not entertain any application by the defendants/applicants or any third party seeking asylum.
This is nothing but a mockery of human rights by the Nigerian regime, which first of all has no right to force the Sheikh to stand trial for the crimes of the Nigerian army.
It is clear that Buhari is dead scared of the divulging of the atrocities and human rights violations of his regime, if Sheikh Zakzaky freely speaks to the press, or appeals to the 190 million Nigerians – Muslims, Christian, and Animists – to forge unity against the crimes against humanity of the Nigerian regime, which freely allows the Boko Haram terrorists to operate in the country.
It is hoped that Sheikh Zakzaky, who is in his mid-sixties, will, by the Grace of God, cured of his ailment, and return home as a free citizen and not a framed up culprit, to carry on his missionary activities for the enlightening of the souls and minds of the Nigerian people, undeterred by the regime.