By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
Yesterday, the 2nd of December marked the 3rd anniversary of the still unfulfilled verdict of the Federal Court of Nigeria, the highest judicial authority of the West African country, on the release from detention of the venerable religious scholar and Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim az-Zakzaky.
It is an irony that Nigeria which claims to be a democracy has been steadily sliding into a dictatorship under President Muhamadu Buhari, the former general who had seized control of the country through a military coup way back in 1983, and now rules under guise of an elected head of state in his second consecutive 4-year term by virtue of the fraudulent voting that made him retain power earlier this year.
Buhari’s contempt for Nigeria’s constitution and the judiciary is no secret, in view of the fact that over the past five years as Head of the Executive he has violated the Federal Court’s ruling on at least forty occasions, regarding different cases.
A protégé of the Wahhabi cultish regime of Saudi Arabia, he also shares close ties with the illegal Zionist regime, as is evident by the numerous Israeli companies active in Nigeria.
This explains Buhari’s unwarranted animosity towards Sheikh Zakzaky, whose growing number of followers who adhere to the jurisprudential school of the Blessed Ahl al-Bayt of Prophet Muhammad (SAWA), number over ten million.
It was on December 15, 2015 that the Nigerian armed forces suddenly attacked the peaceful IMN gathering in the city of Zaria on the occasion of the Islamic Unity Week which marks the Prophet’s blessed birthday, killing in cold blood over a thousand men, women, and children, including two of Sheikh Zakzaky’s sons, destroying the Hussainiya Baqiatollah, and kidnapping the injured Sheikh, his wife and scores of followers.
Since the IMN Leader is being held a prisoner, despite the fact that in 2016 on the 2nd of December, within a year of his illegal detention, the Federal Court after reviewing the case and dismissing the allegation levelled by the army, ordered the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky and all those detained along with him.
The Sheikh is being denied proper medical treatment and doctors fear he might lose his eyesight as a result of the injuries inflicted upon him.
Last August he was reluctantly allowed to travel for medical treatment to India, but returned within three days from the hospital in New Delhi, where he was virtually being held a prisoner, with specialists unable to examine him because of pressures from the US embassy in the capital.
On his return to Nigeria, the authorities whisked him away to an undisclosed location, and since then there is a deafening silence on his whereabouts, as well as his health.
This has prompted conscientious people in Nigeria, including Christians, Animists, and Sunni Muslims to urge the government to obey the Federal Court’s verdict and release him, but Buhari, who obviously takes orders from Riyadh, Washington, and Tel Aviv, remains unmoved.
Even the earnest diplomatic calls of the Islamic Republic of Iran for Sheikh Zakzaky’s release have remained unanswered, while the Nigerian authorities feel no inhibitions in brutally suppressing the civil rights and liberties of its own Shi’a Muslim citizens, whose peaceful protest rallies have been fired upon and many killed.
In such a situation, yesterday on Monday December 2 on the 3rd anniversary of the Federal Court’s ruling in favour of Sheikh Zakzaky, Head of the IMN Media Forum, Ibrahim Musa, said Buhari was breaking the law by disobeying the highest judicial authority’s verdict.
He warned that the country may slip into anarchy as a result of the President’s contemptuous attitude towards the Apex Court.
Musa’s warning should be seriously taken into consideration by the Nigerian president, or else the venerable Sheikh’s death in illegal custody, might badly boomerang upon him.