From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The leader of the Islamic Movement Nigeria, His Eminence Sheikh
Ibraheem Zakzaky has blamed the Nigerian military for Monday’s bomb attack on Ashura peaceful procession in Potiskum, in which about 28 people were killed and about 80 injured.
Speaking during the 11th day of Muharram Majlis at the Husainiyyah Baqiyyatullah, Zaria on Monday, the Leader explained that the bomb was thrown into the dispersing crowd by the soldiers and later came with armoured vehicles and opened fire on the already bereaved people at the Fudiyyah school, adding that he had earlier raised alarm over a planned attack on the Ashura procession in Zaria.
Sheikh Zakzaky who made similar statement to the BBC Hausa service said, the attack in Potiskum was pre-planned as they did in Zaria on Quds Day, adding that the Movement had prior knowledge of the plan to be executed in Zaria, but that it was least expected in Potiskum.
He stressed that the Potiskum attack was a continuation of the Zaria Quds massacre, and for three months now the Nigerian government was yet to make any public comment on the incident.
The Leader further stated that, the tragedy meted by the Nigerian
military in Potiskum was Karbala reincarnated, which he pointed out has translated the historical documentation of Karbala tragedy into physical reality for people to deduce lessons.
According to him, Ashura has become a threat to the global arrogance and their stooges in Nigeria, especially with the unprecedented outing of people to the procession this time around.
He stressed that Ashura has come to stay, and therefore encouraged people to be steadfast on the path of Imam Hussain in the face of threat to life, as exemplified by the Imam in order to save humanity.
Sheikh Zakzaky invoked Allah’s wrath on those who committed the atrocities in Potiskum, the government and their masters, as well as its supporters.