The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, (IMN) also known as the Shi’ites has accused President Muhammad Buhari as the mastermind of the recent clash between Shi’ites and members of the Nigerian Army, leading to purported massacre of hundreds of its members.
Although the organisation could not produce any evidence to anchor its allegation, it however explained that the accusation was a product of deduction.
The allegation came on a day IMN also rejected the report of Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba-led Judicial Commission of Inquiry, which probed the December 12-14 clash between Shi’ites and members of the Nigerian Army.
Speaking to newsmen on Thursday, Chairman, Free Zakzaky Campaign Committee, Abdurrahman Abubakar Yola said the ‘massacre’ of its members in Zaria was authorized by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group alleged that, not only was President Buhari briefed ahead of the killings of its members, the President sanctioned and ordered it.
He said, “It seems fairly obvious that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCI) was a typical commission with a pre-determined mandate and report. Consequently, we reject the report and its recommendations.”
On the allegation that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the alleged ‘killings’ of the Shi’ites, Yola said, “Allegation of forming a parallel authority by the IMN is a time-long one.
“It was one that even President, Muhammadu Buhari mentioned with so much disgust and animosity during his maiden media chat. He repeated the same as reason why his government had to clamp down violently on the IMN while fielding questions on a foreign TV news channel in Qatar.
“It was also the clearest indication that the President was not only briefed about the clamp down, he sanctioned and ordered it.”