Members of the Islamic Movement In Nigeria (IMN) better known as Shi’ites have vowed to embark on the annual peaceful Ashura procession across major cities in Nigeria.
Spokesman of IMN, Ibrahim Musa noted that the procession which is to mourn the massacre of the prophet’s grandson who was brutally killed on the 10th of Muharram will go on despite plans by the Nigerian Police to disrupt it.
“The procession is to mourn the massacre of the prophet’s grandson who was brutally killed on the 10th of Muharram which coincides with tomorrow, 10th of September.
“In fact, this peaceful mourning will take place in various European countries including New York, London. Not to talk of places like Massard in Iran and Eastern part of Saudi Arabia,” he added.
Yans reports that the Shi’ites leader has been in detention since 2015 after his followers had a clash with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai in Kaduna.
The army also raided the house of El-Zakzaky, injured and captured him and his wife, killed many of his followers including his sons and destroyed his house and the Shi’ite prayer ground during the assault.
Despite a 2016 federal high court order for his release, the government has refused to grant him bail insisting that the cleric still has questions to answer after being dragged before a Kaduna High Court over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of the public peace, among others.
Following his continuous detention since 2015, El-Zakzky’s followers staged protests mainly in Abuja, calling for his immediate release.
Worried by the number of casualties occasioned by the protests, the federal government obtained and Gazetted a court order proscribing the IMN as a terrorist group.
The cleric was granted medical leave to India by a Kaduna State High Court but was immediately arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) upon his return from the failed trip.