Posted by News Express | 25 December 2015 | 3,378 times
Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shi’ites, yesterday morning protested on the streets of Kano to mark the birthday of Prophet Mohammed and mourn the killings of their colleagues in Zaria two weeks ago by soldiers.
Although Muslims globally are celebrating the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday through Eid-el Maulud, the Shi’ites used the occasion to campaign for the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, and hundreds of their detained members.
Scores were reportedly killed by troops following the blockage of the road which obstructed the convoy of Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.
The protesting Shi’ites, led by Sanusi Abdulkadir, said they were mourning the “genocidal carnage” by the Army.
There was a massive turnout of members, including children and women, many of whom dressed in black. They first gathered at Kabara and passed through Soron Dinki, Makwarari Jakara, Kwanar Dala, da Gwammaja and Kofar Mazuma in Kano metropolis.
Abdulhamid Bello, on behalf of IMN, issued a statement titled: “Mourning while celebrating Maulud Nabiy.”
“We are out to mourn the killings, maimings and wanton destruction of thousands of lives and properties at Baqiyyatullah Husainiyya, Darur Rahma and residence of our leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H),” the statement said.
“We want the whole world to know what the hand of tyranny has meted on the followers of Messenger of mercy (SAW) on the eve month of Maulud Nabiy. They maimed, detained and massacred the sons and daughters of Islam under baseless pretences using oppressive and suppressive force ever known in Nigeria. (NAN/Daily Sun)
•Photo shows protesting Shiites listening to one of their leaders during Thursday’s protest in Kano.
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