The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shi’ites, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of delibrately ignoring their plight following the bloody clash between the group and military men in December 2015.
This was contained in a statement signed by Ibrahim Musa, the President media forum of the IMN.
While calling on the President to admit that his administration committed crimes against humanity, the group also urged the federal government to release its members arrested and detained around the country.
The statement reads: “His (Buhari) speech to mark democracy day touched on virtually all the challenges his administration faced in its one year in office. He however refused to make mention of the monumental disaster that visited the nation on 12-12-15, when our national army massacred 1000+ armless and defenseless citizens in Zaria.
“An event that the world was officially told involved a secret mass open shallow grave dug by the army in collaboration with Kaduna state government containing 347 bodies, in an attempt to hide their heinous crime. How the President could still remain silent in spite of the mass outcry by respected individuals and groups over this gross miscarriage of justice still beats imagination.
“More so, in utter disregard to law and order the Nigerian government abducted the revered leader of the Movement his Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky after several shots were fired at him and his wife, killing three of his sons, setting ablaze some compounds in his house thereby burning some people alive including his sister.
“Since his abduction, the leader of IMN has been kept illegally in detention without trial or any court charge along with hundreds of other IMN members. It remains shocking and unbelievable how the President could still remain silent about this miscarriage of justice in Nigeria while democracy is said to be commemorated after one year in office disregarding outcries by governments, groups and individuals calling for fairness and justice.
“The offences committed by the army in Zaria were grave, relating to crimes against humanity as revealed by subsequent confessional statements and disclosures by reports of international human rights groups. There is simply no more room for excuses. The president can no longer feign ignorance. We therefore reject the continued silence of the president on the Zaria massacre.”