I Warned Zakzaky Against Blocking Roads – Sheikh Gumi

imageKaduna based renowned Islamic scholar, Dr Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, yesterday reflected on the recent bloody stand-off between security forces and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, otherwise known as Shiites, saying he earlier warned their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, of the dangers of blocking the highways during Arbaeen.
He said the Shiite leader had been running a parallel government in most parts of the North in the past 40 years.
Gumi told newsmen in Kaduna yesterday that the Shiites had been undergoing military training and producing military cadets and soldiers, adding: “They are operating a state within a state.”
He said: “The Islamic Movement of Nigeria does not recognise the corporate entity of Nigeria and the group is not registered, they operate above the law and they get direct foreign aid.
“Former President Umaru Yar ádua had told me of the massive importation of ammunitions and weapons to different parts of the country, the president had mentioned Iran as supplying arms to the Shittes. The recent clash between the army and Shiites is a divine intervention to prevent a catastrophe like that of Boko Haram. It came suddenly and was so powerful to eradicate and uproot any plan that they must have been nursing to harm the society.
“I had written Zakzaky about a year ago, warning him of the dangers of blocking roads during the annual Ar’baeen trek, where his followers travel on foot from all over the country to Zaria,” he said.
The scholar warned that the North would continue to be underdeveloped if the twin evils of Shiites and Boko Haram are not eradicated, adding that the strife and unnecessary blocking of roads and shouting slogans on the highways increases tension in the region.

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