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Dauda Nalado: Nigerian Shias Following Prophetic Model of Imam Husain

TEHRAN (FNA)- Dauda Nalado, Nigerian lecturer, says the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and its supporters firmly believe via sacrificing their lives, they will triumph over the oppressor at the end of the day.

Speaking in an interview with FNA, Dr. Nalado said, “The regime continues to commit crimes against humanity on the Sheikh and his followers… The Zaria massacre was executed with the aid of millions of petrol dollars. The regime wants to satisfy the sponsors of Zaria massacre, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that they have done their part of the bargain. Finally, the regime wants to cover up the Zaria massacre by its own army against useful and armless Nigerian citizens whom they are supposed to protect. They want to portray the victims as terrorists so as to justify their crimes.”

Dr. Dauda Nalado is a senior lecturer at Bayero University in Kadona, Nigeria. He participates in resource forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. Dr. Nalado lost his daughter, Husaina, during a police violent attack on Shia mourners on the Arbaeen day of 2017.

Below is the full text of the interview:

Q: Despite his injuries, deteriorating health and Coronavirus outbreak, Sheikh Zakzaky has not been released. How do you view it?

A: The regime of Buhari in Nigeria is still bent on accomplishing its initial aim of committing the Zaria massacre: To kill Sheikh Zakzaky and dislodge the Islamic movement. That was why the regime disobeyed court order which discharged and acquitted the Sheikh and his wife in 2016. That was why they deliberately prevent the duo to go for proper medical treatment despite having death threatening ailments on their bodies. That was why they sabotaged the medical trip to India. That was why they connived with Governor Rufai to institute a trump up charge against the duo. That is why despite Covid-19 Pandemic they keep them in the dilapidated Kaduna Prison.

Q: Several followers of Sheikh Zakzaky were attacked and killed by the Nigerian security forces on Ashura day, and the days before that. Why are the forces treating Sheikh Zakzaky and his followers this way?

A: The regime is treating Sheikh Zakzaky and his followers in utter disregard to their fundamental human rights. In fact, the regime continues to commit crimes against humanity on the Sheikh and his followers. All these may not be unconnected to the facts that the regime is acting the scripts of its masters, the axis of evil, the World arrogant powers, the USA, Zionist Israel, Western Europe, which feel that their hegemony in Nigeria is threatened by Sheikh Zakzaky and the Islamic Movement. Also, the Zaria massacre was executed with the aid of millions of petrol dollars. The regime wants to satisfy the sponsors of Zaria massacre, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that they have done their part of the bargain. Finally, the regime wants to cover up the Zaria massacre by its own army against useful and armless Nigerian citizens whom they are supposed to protect. They want to portray the victims as terrorists so as to justify their crimes.

Q: What keeps the supporters and members of the Islamic Movement faithful to Sheikh Zakzaky and the Islamic Movement in spite of the crackdown on them?

A: The followers of Sheikh Zakzaky are dogged due to their conviction. They believe that the methodology of struggle by the Sheikh follows the prophetic model, the model of the revolution of Imam Husain and the method of the revolution of Ruhullah Imam Khomeini. They are aware that such struggle is tied to a lot of sacrifices including that of life. Perseverance against all odds, is therefore inevitable. They have the conviction that victory is certain at the end of the tunnel. Through this struggle, they believe that ultimately, Nigeria and indeed Africa will be free from servitude to neocolonial hegemons and free from their corrupt stooges in our midst.