The President of the Human Rights on Non-Violent Initiative, a Civil Society Organisation, Muhammad Idris, has accused the Islamic Movement in Nigeria also known as Shi’ite of being the source of Boko Haram in the country.
The Nigerian Army has come under scrutiny for what is described as violation of human rights in the role it played to contain the recent clash with Shi’ite members in Zaria where another CSO has advocated that the Chief of Army Staff vacate his office pending the determination of investigation into the matter.
Speaking Thursday however in Kaduna when he led members of his group on a solidarity visit to the General Officer Commanding 1 Mechanized Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade Kaduna commended the Nigerian Army for its role in the recent clash between the Army and Shiite.
He said the Nigerian Military is the only remaining tool to defend democracy, peace and unity of the country.
“Boko Haram started by the Shi’ite group in 1997, the Shi’ite group is the source of Boko Haram if you go back in history, it is documented, some of them fled to Maidiguri, hide somewhere and regrouped where they later became a terror, fighting government and killing both civilians and military, destroying property and raping innocent women.
“I as an indigene of Borno state from the town of Maidiguri can say that, the change we have seen in our area with the coming of the present administration is more than 100 per cent and the Nigerian Army deserves a Diamond medal, if a terrorist group that started in 2009 as documented
“What happened in Zaria, Kaduna state, is a proven testimony that the military has the adequate intelligence and more informations a, bout happenings in the country. Any group who does what the Shi’ite did is not threading the part to peace and progress of this country.
“We as Nigerians, are under one constitution, the Shi’ite group were trying to create violence when they attcked the convoy of the COAS and we appreciate the quick action taken by the Nigerian Army and pray that the group is brought under control because we believe our country is now on focus.
“We support and throw our weight behind the military authority on any action they decide to take against the Shi’ite or another other group aiming to bridge the peace and unity in the country.
“Before Lieutenant General Tukur Buruti came, Boko Haram were everywhere, if you are a father, you are afraid for your daughter, a husband will see his wife being taken away by members of Boko Haram but has no right to stop them for fear of his life, but with the coming of the present administration, Boko Haram is gradually become past tense and are winning the war against terrorism,” he said.
He noted that the initiative will ensure it gives the general public adequate awareness on the issue with a view to changing the way the army is being misunderstood.
On his part, the GOC, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade opened up on the clash saying he lost a soldier during the incident.
“My soldier was killed in the attack and many others were injured who are presently receiving treatment in the hospital. During the Cordon and Search operation carried out in the residence of El-Zakzaky and two other strong holds of the Shi’ite, we tried to get in touch with Zakzaky to stop his members from attacking us, but some people who answered my call, refused to let us talk to him.
“We took actions according to the rules of engagement as soldiers were being attacked by the Militant Wing of the sect known as the Hurra’s.
“We know what it means to preserve life because the life of a human being is sacrosanct, but we have paid the supreme price to secure this country.”
He noted that after the cordon and search operations, residents of Zaria came out in their hundreds chanting and praying for the army which they said has released them from bondage they have been in for many years.
He urged Nigerians pointing accusing fingers on the Nigerian Army to go to Zaria if they want to know what happened there.
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