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Tension in Kano over killing of Shi’ia leader

Tension in Kano over killing of Shi’ia leader
December 13
17:46 2015
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Sheik Muhammad Turi, a leader of the Shi’ia sect in Kano, has been confirmed killed in Zaria following a clash between the sect and the military over the weekend.

Turi’s killing has sparked tension in Kano, as members of the sect staged a rally from Saturday night till about 4am on Sunday.

A second rally held on Sunday around Fagged Mosque, popularly known as ‘Waje Mosque’.

According to a Kano resident, tens of thousands of Shi’ia members trooped to the nooks and crannies of Kano, passing through the palace of the emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, and raining expletives on the military personnel attached to Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff.

Yusuf Aliyum, a Shi’ia member who participated in the nocturnal protest, told TheCable that every member of the sect was prepared to fight to his last drop.

According to him, members of the sect had remained peaceful and diplomatic in all their approach so far, and there was no justification for an attack on them.

Another member of the sect, who did not want to be named, criticised the “provocation by the military personnel attached to Buratai’s convoy”.

“Our members should take into cognizance, the fact that we were defenceless. The military personnel attached to the convoy were heavily armed to the teeth. we lacked the capability to fight them back,” he said.

“In Zaria, we suffered a similar tragedy last year when three of the children of our leader, Sheikh El- Zazzaky, were killed. Since that time. nothing was done to call the perpetrators of the cruel act to order.

“We have no reason to act in the way we acted on Saturday, even though we were the ones provoked. We should have trod the path of diplomacy, not confrontation, in achieving our goal. To me, the clash was most unfortunate.”

Till date, the ongoing insurgency in the north-east is blamed on a similar clash between Boko Haram and the military, culminating in the 2009 summary execution of Mohammed Yusuf, the sect’s leader,

 

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5 Comments

  1. millstone
    millstone December 13, 20:31

    Provocation does not necessarily lead to a fight, unless there is an already preconditioned mind to do otherwise. It takes a degree of courage to fight an armed man

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  2. Dan Nigeria
    Dan Nigeria December 14, 03:37

    History has a way of repeating itself. Someone help bring this under peaceful control!

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  3. Mancy
    Mancy December 14, 09:06

    I have no choice but to pray for the restoration of peace in the main cities.

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  4. yaya
    yaya December 14, 13:46

    Your comment..Allah subhanahu wat ala bring peace to our nation

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  5. rooster
    rooster December 14, 15:04

    No matter what the situation is, the killing of these people is not justified. And now this is happening aftermath the unjust killing and u expect them to keep quiet? But I will implore the sect to seek judicial means in addressing the issue. And if justice is not done……wrath of God is on them the leaders then!

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