Supporters of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, also known as Shi’ites, have threatened to mobilise over 20 million of its members against the re-election bid of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, President Muhammadu Buhari.
The movement, which claimed that it was not in alliance with any political party, however, noted that it was going to massively vote in Saturday’s presidential election to oust the incumbent that meted out inhuman abuses and brutal massacre to it.
In a statement issued Sunday by S.I Ahmad on behalf of Supporters of Sheikh Zakzaky Political Forum, the movement said it believes that free and fair election makes a fundamental contribution to any government that is considered to be democratic.
Newsworth recalls that the Kaduna State government had brought an eight-count charge against El- Zakzaky and his wife, accusing him of leading an outlawed organisation, illegal possession of firearms.
El-Zakzaky and his wife have remained in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, since December 2015 following a clash between the IMN and soldiers of the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The movement stated that prior to 2015 Zaria massacre, only few supporters of Sheikh Zakzaky used to vote because it was clear to any discerning Nigerian that elections in Nigeria were hitherto characterised by massive rigging in favour of the incumbent.
“The voting season has come again. It is imminent now that supporters of Sheikh Zakzaky are going to massively vote in order to oust the incumbent that meted out to us the most inhuman abuses and brutal massacre ever in the history of Nigeria.
“Those that think they can clamp on our rights as Nigerians will clearly see if we have political relevance in our country or not. The teeming number of Sheikh Zakzaky’s followers is obvious.
“No Government created Shia agents have up to 500 sincere followers but the followers of his eminence, Shaikh Zakzaky(H) are no fewer than twenty million (20,000,000).
“Throughout Nigeria and in Kaduna State, we are going to firmly support those that care about us and the society as a whole . Clearly, perpetrators of Zaria Massacre will understand the implication of killing innocent Nigerians.
“Our leader His Eminence Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky had touched a great number of lives of the Muslim and Christian intellectuals in Nigeria, across ethnic and tribal divides. He played the fatherly role of protecting our Christian brothers and sisters during the post-election violence in 2011, perpetrated by the Supporters of the then opposition flag bearer, General Muhammadu Buhari.
“The postponement of last Saturday’s Election is a clear sign of the ill-intention of the Buhari Administration and no amount of treachery and planned rigging would bring back this spineless and confused government.
“This election postponement has affected many Nigerians negatively, as so many of them travelled far distances in order to exercise their civic right, and many businesses had closed down in anticipation of the election thereby, losing a lot of resources to this ill-intended postponement.
“We urge all Nigerians to be peaceful, shun violence and come out to discharge their constitutional right.
“This should be an opportunity for Nigerians to gather additional momentum, to emulate the spirit of hope, tolerance and devotion.
“For three years, brothers and sisters of the Islamic movement have been protesting peacefully without giving up. Dear Nigerians don’t give up, stand for your rights,” the statement read.