Shia Muslims under attack by Buhari govt and Saudi-funded takfiris in Nigeria

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018


The bloody crackdown on Shia Muslim protesters this week in Nigeria has highlighted the oppression of a religious minority that experts say is driven by a Wahhabi elite backed by Saudi Arabia who call them Sunni Muslim.

"We have suffered more discrimination under this administration than with any other in the past," said Musa. "We are not allowed to worship God according to our convictions."
On three separate occasions in less than a week, the Nigerian military and police shot live bullets on Shiites marching near and in the capital city of Abuja to commemorate the Arbaeen (Chehlum) anniversary of martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions and to demand the release of their imprisoned leader.
The death toll depends on the source: while the military says that six people died, the IMN says 49, a figure backed up by Amnesty International, which said on Wednesday that at least 45 people were killed in an "unconscionable use of deadly force by soldiers and police."
The US embassy in Nigeria said it was "concerned" about the deaths and called for a "thorough investigation of the events".
But to justify opening fire on the Shiite group, the Nigerian army on Friday posted a video of US President Donald Trump saying soldiers would shoot Central American migrants throwing stones.
"Not only did they use stones but they were carrying petrol bombs, machetes and knives, so yes, we consider them as being armed," said Nigeria's defence spokesperson John Agim.
Riyadh and Tehran
This violence has happened before. It reignited the tumult of December 2015 when an army crackdown in Zaria, IMN's stronghold in Nigeria's north, killed 300 supporters, according to rights groups.
Nigerian Shia Islamic Leader Ibrahim Zakzaky, who was arrested and imprisoned after the clashes, lost an eye and several family members in the violence.
Pro-Zionists and pro-Saudi media accused Zakzaky of had been challenging Abuja's authorities for years with his goal of establishing a Shiite Islamic regime in Nigeria, Africa's largest economy.
In late 2016, a court ruled that his continued detention without charge was illegal and ordered his release yet the decision was never executed. Since then, Zakzaky has been (wrongly) charged with culpable homicide in connection with the Zaria clashes.
The IMN, which emerged as a student movement in the late 70's, is still close to Tehran today.
Inspired by the Islamic revolution in Iran, the sect is met with hostility in Nigeria, where the rulers and their supporters are allied with Saudi Arabia (and also with Israel).
President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, the leader of the opposition contesting the 2019 presidential polls, have both said nothing about the violence this week.
Nigerian political analyst Chris Ngwodo claimed that there is this belief that Shiites are not proper Muslims (This is called takfirism that a Muslim is declared infidel because of his differences with the takfiris).
"This fundamental disagreement over ideology could explain the ferocity used by the security forces against the protestors."
Radicalisation threat
In Nigeria's predominantly Muslim north, the IMN is vastly outnumbered by the pro- Saudi takfiri movement Izala, which was founded around the same time as the IMN. Izala is close to both Riyadh and Abuja and its satellite television channel Manara often broadcasts anti-Shiite rhetoric.
Its members have also clashed with IMN supporters several times during Shiite processions.
Izala is funded by Saudi Arabia, which has enabled the construction of mosques and schools across the country. (In Afghanistan and Pakistan, CIA-Saudi intelligence agencies had also established mosques and seminaries to preach anti-Soviet jihad and same is being replayed in Nigeria but against Shia Muslims).
"A number of people in the (federal) government are Izala members and have close ties to Saudi Arabia," said a source speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity.
"Some within the establishment are using the government resources for a religious battle, against what they consider as apostasy."
The worst case scenario would see the Shiites become radicalised in the face of oppression, an outcome that would replicate the trajectory of Boko Haram jihadists in the northeast who took up arms against the government in 2009. (However, Shia Muslims have never copied heinous acts of groups such as takfiri Boko Haram)
"Zakzaky is a very charismatic leader, the movement was kept alive despite his detention and his supporters are ready to die for him," said Cheta Nwanze, research head at SBM Intelligence in Lagos.
"The repression can only contribute to radicalise them."
Zakzaky, who is weak following the attack according to his lawyer, is being held in a secret location and is due to appear in court on November 7.

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"Being a Shiite under this current Buhari administration is... being persecuted," said Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) spokesperson Ibrahim Musa to AFP.
"We have suffered more discrimination under this administration than with any other in the past," said Musa. "We are not allowed to worship God according to our convictions."
On three separate occasions in less than a week, the Nigerian military and police shot live bullets on Shiites marching near and in the capital city of Abuja to commemorate the Arbaeen (Chehlum) anniversary of martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions and to demand the release of their imprisoned leader.
The death toll depends on the source: while the military says that six people died, the IMN says 49, a figure backed up by Amnesty International, which said on Wednesday that at least 45 people were killed in an "unconscionable use of deadly force by soldiers and police."
The US embassy in Nigeria said it was "concerned" about the deaths and called for a "thorough investigation of the events".
But to justify opening fire on the Shiite group, the Nigerian army on Friday posted a video of US President Donald Trump saying soldiers would shoot Central American migrants throwing stones.
"Not only did they use stones but they were carrying petrol bombs, machetes and knives, so yes, we consider them as being armed," said Nigeria's defence spokesperson John Agim.
Riyadh and Tehran
This violence has happened before. It reignited the tumult of December 2015 when an army crackdown in Zaria, IMN's stronghold in Nigeria's north, killed 300 supporters, according to rights groups.
Nigerian Shia Islamic Leader Ibrahim Zakzaky, who was arrested and imprisoned after the clashes, lost an eye and several family members in the violence.
Pro-Zionists and pro-Saudi media accused Zakzaky of had been challenging Abuja's authorities for years with his goal of establishing a Shiite Islamic regime in Nigeria, Africa's largest economy.
In late 2016, a court ruled that his continued detention without charge was illegal and ordered his release yet the decision was never executed. Since then, Zakzaky has been (wrongly) charged with culpable homicide in connection with the Zaria clashes.
The IMN, which emerged as a student movement in the late 70's, is still close to Tehran today.
Inspired by the Islamic revolution in Iran, the sect is met with hostility in Nigeria, where the rulers and their supporters are allied with Saudi Arabia (and also with Israel).
President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, the leader of the opposition contesting the 2019 presidential polls, have both said nothing about the violence this week.
Nigerian political analyst Chris Ngwodo claimed that there is this belief that Shiites are not proper Muslims (This is called takfirism that a Muslim is declared infidel because of his differences with the takfiris).
"This fundamental disagreement over ideology could explain the ferocity used by the security forces against the protestors."
Radicalisation threat
In Nigeria's predominantly Muslim north, the IMN is vastly outnumbered by the pro- Saudi takfiri movement Izala, which was founded around the same time as the IMN. Izala is close to both Riyadh and Abuja and its satellite television channel Manara often broadcasts anti-Shiite rhetoric.
Its members have also clashed with IMN supporters several times during Shiite processions.
Izala is funded by Saudi Arabia, which has enabled the construction of mosques and schools across the country. (In Afghanistan and Pakistan, CIA-Saudi intelligence agencies had also established mosques and seminaries to preach anti-Soviet jihad and same is being replayed in Nigeria but against Shia Muslims).
"A number of people in the (federal) government are Izala members and have close ties to Saudi Arabia," said a source speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity.
"Some within the establishment are using the government resources for a religious battle, against what they consider as apostasy."
The worst case scenario would see the Shiites become radicalised in the face of oppression, an outcome that would replicate the trajectory of Boko Haram jihadists in the northeast who took up arms against the government in 2009. (However, Shia Muslims have never copied heinous acts of groups such as takfiri Boko Haram)
"Zakzaky is a very charismatic leader, the movement was kept alive despite his detention and his supporters are ready to die for him," said Cheta Nwanze, research head at SBM Intelligence in Lagos.
"The repression can only contribute to radicalise them."
Zakzaky, who is weak following the attack according to his lawyer, is being held in a secret location and is due to appear in court on November 7.

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