Former President IBB Mourns Emir Of Zazzau, Shehu Idris

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A file photo of former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida.

 

Former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (retired), says the passing of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris is for him, a profound personal loss.

In a communique on Sunday, the former president sent his heartfelt condolences to the Governor of Kaduna State, the entire Zazzau emirate and the late monarch’s beloved family, as well as the Federal government.

General Babangida described Alh. Idris as a powerful force for keeping Kaduna State so cosmopolitan.

According to the former president, Alhaji Idris has been a pillar of the traditional institution, a bridge between people of various ethnicities and religions.

He further noted that the dead ruler’s wisdom and integrity have been invaluable in advancing the growth and progress of the nation, adding that as a beneficiary of his support and fatherly advice for many decades, the loss was indeed personal.

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Below is the communique as sent out by General Ibrahim Babangida.

INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILLAIHIN RAJI’UN

It is with great sorrow that I received the sad news of the passing of our beloved father and revered traditional leader, the Emir of Zazzau and Chairman of the Kaduna State Council of Chiefs, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who died today at the age of 84.

My heartfelt condolences to the Governor of Kaduna State, the entire Zazzau emirate and his beloved family, as well as the Federal government for the loss of this foremost traditional ruler.

For 45 years, Alhaji Shehu Idris has been a pillar of our traditional institution, a bridge between people of various ethnicities and religions, and a powerful force for keeping Kaduna State so cosmopolitan.

Indeed, his wisdom and integrity has been invaluable in advancing the growth and progress of our dear nation. As a beneficiary of his support and fatherly advice for many decades, the passing of this great man is a profound personal loss indeed.

As we mourn the loss of this iconic leader, one of the longest serving traditional rulers of our time, we pray that Almighty Allah grant him Aljannah Firdausi.

Gen. I B Babangida GCFR
20th September, 2020.

Gbajabiamila Mourns Emir Of Zazzau

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has mourned the passing of the Emir of Zazzau, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Shehu Idris.

Gbajabiamila said the royal father lived a life worthy of emulation by the upcoming generation, saying his demise has left a vacuum too difficult to fill at this time.

The Speaker noted that the late Shehu Idris was an embodiment of peace, rallying round his people to live peacefully and harmoniously among themselves and with visitors.

While condoling with the people and Government of Kaduna State, especially the Zazzau Emirate, Gbajabiamila prayed that Almighty Allah will grant the soul of the late Emir of Zazzau eternal rest.

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“For those that knew the late Emir of Zazzau, he stood for peace not just among his subjects but also among Nigerians as a whole.

“While on the throne, he lived an exemplary life. His was a life worthy of emulation. My heart and prayers go to the people of Zazzau Emirate, members of his immediate family, and the entire people of Kaduna State for this painful loss,” Gbajabiamila said.

The Speaker said the late emir has made his mark and positive impacts on the lives of his people.

The late Alhaji Shehu Idris, who ascended to the throne in 1975, spent 45 years as the 18th Fulani Emir of Zazzau, one of the longest reigns in Northern Nigeria. He was both the Chairman of the Zazzau Emirate Council and the Kaduna State Emirate Council.

Thousands Attend Burial Of Emir Of Zazzau In Zaria

 

Thousands of sympathizers attended the funeral prayers of the late Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris at his palace in Zaria Kaduna State.

He was buried inside the palace near the graves of his predecessors.

The late Emir died on Sunday at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna after a brief illness.


Emir Of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris Dies

Buhari Mourns Emir Of Zazzau


Among the dignitaries that attended the funeral include the state Governor Nasir El-Rufai and traditional rulers from various parts of the north.

The Chief of Staff to the president, Professor Ibrahim Gambari led the federal government’s delegation on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari Mourns Emir Of Zazzau

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and grief over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.

In a condolence message to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, the government and people of Kaduna State, President Buhari said:

“With the passing of Alhaji Shehu Idris, Nigeria has lost one of its longest-reigning traditional monarchs whose contributions to the promotion of unity and peaceful coexistence among Nigerians cannot be forgotten for years to come.”

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According to the President, ”The Emir of Zazzau who ascended to the throne in 1975, had used his long reign to serve his people with dedication and identified with their aspirations at all times.”

He prayed to Allah to forgive the late Emir and grant his family and subjects the fortitude to bear the loss.

Northern State Governors, Monarchs Meet Over Meningitis Outbreak

Northern State Governors, Monarchs Meet Over Meningitis OutbreakAn emergency meeting of State Governors and traditional rulers of the 19 northern states of the country has been held in Kaduna State.

The meeting was convened on Tuesday to discuss ways of tackling the meningitis outbreak that has claimed over 400 lives across Nigeria, most of them from the region.

The meeting, which was organised by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, and the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, seeks alternative ways of importing vaccines for the treatment of meningitis victims, and prevent further spread of the killer disease in the region.

Declaring the meeting open, the Sultan of Sokoto, who was represented by the Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, called on the Federal and State governments to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to strengthen primary healthcare system in the country.

He said the traditional rulers would support government’s effort in ensuring that the people get the needed medical attention to contain the spread of the disease.

“The traditional rulers of Nigeria, in coordination with stakeholders, will do all that is humanly possible to assist in ensuring that our people and members of communities are given the appropriate medical attention promptly, to avoid the outbreak of meningitis.

“Let me use this opportunity to call on the Federal, State and Local governments to put all hands on deck to ensure that appropriate measures are taken, to give the necessary prevention by way of immunisation and preventive drugs against the bacteria, so that our members of communities will be protected adequately,” the monarch said.

Court Grants Bail To Seven Shiites In Abuja

Shiites, Abuja, CourtA Magistrate Court in Karu has granted bail to seven members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, who are popularly known as Shiites.

The court on Friday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, granted them bail of 100,000 Naira each on the three-count charge against each of them.

The defendants have been charged for the offences of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly and inciting public peace, contrary to sections 97, 102 and 114 of the Penal Code.

Magistrate Abubakar Umaru granted the defendants bail with two reliable and reasonable sureties each in like sum.

He stated that the sureties must be civil or public servants in grade level eight and above.

The Magistrate further ruled that the sureties must live within the jurisdiction of the court and ordered that their addresses be verified by the officer of the court.

He asked the sureties to submit their passport photographs and national identity cards to the court.

Latest Protest Disrupted

Before their bail was granted, Shiites have continued to stage countless protests to demand the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

However, the latest protest was disrupted by police officials on Thursday in the Federal Capital Territory.

The Commissioner of Police in Abuja, Alkali Usman, had defended the action, saying it was to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the Federal Capital Territory.

Mr Zakzaky has been in detention since December 2015, after a bloody clash between the Shiites and the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Shiites/Army Clash: Group Says Commission’s Indictment Is Biased

ShiiteMembers of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have described their indictment by the Judicial Commission of Enquiry into the December 12, 2015 clash between them and the Nigerian Army as biased and full of distortions.

Reacting to the report that was released by the Kaduna State government, spokesman for the Shiites, Ibrahim Musa, wondered why the commission indicted the group as being responsible for the bloody clash in Zaria, whereas their leader, Shiekh Ibrahim El Zakzaky was never given the opportunity to appear before the commission and defend himself.

Mr Musa said that the failure of the commission to invite El Zakzaky to state his own side of the story during the sittings, or visit him in Abuja where he is being detained for the past seven months, clearly showed that the panel was not fair to the movement from the beginning.

He also criticised part of the report that recommended the trial of their members involved in the killing of a soldier, as well as the recommendation that their lands in some part of Zaria which were acquired illegally should be revoked by the Kaduna State government.

The Shiites’ spokesman further demanded for the immediate and unconditional release of their leader from detention.

He maintained that the commission’s report would not stop the movement from pursuing its litigation against the Army and Federal Government until justice was done to them.

NBA Investigates Army-Shiites Clash In Zaria

Army and Shiite clashThe Nigerian Bar Association has visited Zaria in Kaduna State to investigate the December 12, 2015 bloody clash between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the Nigerian Army.

The clash had led to the killing of several people and destruction of property worth millions of Naira, with both parties trading blames.

President of the Association, Austin Alegeh, who led other national officers on the fact finding visit, stressed the need for all the parties in the dispute to sheath their sword, assuring them that the Association would get to the root of the matter and come up with a position.

The NBA interacted with all the parties concerned and other relevant stakeholders.

The first point of call was the palace of the Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, where Mr Alegeh explained to him the purpose of the visit.

From the Emir’s palace, the delegation proceeded to the Nigerian Army Depot where they were briefed by the Commandant, Brigadier General Christopher Musa, who accused the Shiites of constituting nuisance and unleashing terror on members of the public.

The NBA team also had an interaction with the police, representatives of the movement and some residents of Gulleyesu, where Sheik  Ibrahim El-Zakzaky lives.

The group  also met with some Shiite members  and they insisted that they have lived peacefully with their neighbours and had never attacked anybody or group since their existence in Zaria.

But some residents of Gulleyesu and the Police countered the Shiites’ statement, insisting that they had been unleashing terror on innocent citizens in Zaria for quite some time.

After hearing from all the parties concerned, the NBA President promised that a thorough investigation would be conducted, with a view to coming up with a report that would not only address the current issues, but would assist in preventing future occurrence.

The investigation by the NBA will be the latest investigation on the clash, coming after the Kaduna State Government had set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the immediate and remote cause of the incident.

According to an eyewitness, the incident occurred at the PZ area in the city when some members of the movement allegedly blocked the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff who was on his way for the Passing Out Parade at the Nigerian Army Depot also in Zaria.

While the Army authorities alleged that the attack was a suicide attempt on the life of the Army boss, the sect accused the Army of committing human right abuse on their members. They said the Army massacred hundreds of their members and arrested over seven hundred of their members.

It is believed that fact finding visits like the one by the Nigerian Bar Association will help the Human Rights Commission and others that may be set up in future to address such social uprising across the country.

Meanwhile, Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria had earlier demanded for the unconditional release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, from detention.

Women Protest Army’s Detention Of El-Zakzaky, Wife

ZakzakyThe Sisters Forum of Islamic Movement of Nigeria have staged a peaceful protest to demand for the immediate release of their leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife.

The women took their protest to the Secretariat of the Kaduna State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists on Tuesday in northwest Nigeria.

According to the spokesperson, Aisha Hassan, the group also wants the immediate release of the corpses of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, who were killed during a clash with soldiers.

They also asked the government to immediately compensate all affected families and relations in the interest of peace and justice.

According to them, at least 1,000 members of the sect, popularly known as Shiite, were brutally killed in a coordinated attack by men of the Nigerian Army during a peaceful procession. They maintained that the attack was a gross violation of their fundamental rights of free association and movement.

There had been rumours that El-Zakzaky was arrested by soldiers at his residence and his wife killed, but the Nigerian Army had debunked  the claims.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, said that the Islamic cleric and his wife were rescued alive during the bloody clash between the sect members and soldiers.

Defending his men’s action, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, said that they acted within the law.

The Army Chief, who described the action of El-Zakzaky’s men as an infringement on national security, said that the incident could have been avoided if the sect members heeded earlier warnings to allow free movement.

Army Says Zakzaky, Wife Were Rescued Not Arrested

ArmyThe Nigerian Army has debunked rumours that the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was arrested by soldiers at his residence and his wife killed.

The assertion was made by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, in company of the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police and other senior Army officers on Monday.

General Oyebade disclosed that the Islamic cleric and his wife were rescued alive during the bloody clash between the sect members and soldiers, adding that they were in the Army protective custody.

He narrated how members of the movement attacked the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, who was on his way to pay a courtesy visit to the Emir of Zazzau.

According to him, the Shiite members blocked the Army Chief’s convoy along Sokoto Road in Zaria, and attacked his vehicle with dangerous weapons.

The General stressed that all entreaties by some senior officers for the sect members to leave the road were resisted, a situation which he said prompted the soldiers in the convoy to apply minimum force against them.

He said that in the process of using minimum force to subdue the sect members, both parties recorded some casualties while stating that the attack on the Army Chief’s convoy was pre-meditated and planned to assassinate him.

General Oyebade said that the sect over the years, had taken laws into their hands, unleashing terror on innocent citizens within the places they have their shrines and activities.

He warned sect members within the Northwest zone to be law abiding and not to unleash violence on security forces and members of the public as such action would not be condoned by the Army.

On his part, the Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, said that the Shiite members had never obtained Police permit or respected any constituted authority whenever they were carrying out their functions.

He called for more cooperation from citizens and religious organisations as the security agencies strive to protect their lives and property.

El-Rufai Sues For Peace In Zaria After Shiites, Soldiers’ Clash

zariaThe Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has appealed for calm and peace following the clash between soldiers and an Islamic group in Zaria.

The clash between soldiers and members of the Shiite Muslim group left at least three persons dead on Saturday, December 12.

The Governor, in a statement he issued through his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, said that he had spoken on phone with the leader of the Islamic group, Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky and later met with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Butatai at the Nigerian Army Depot in Zaria over the unfortunate incident.

The Governor gave the assurance that the situation had been brought under control, while security has been beefed up in Zaria to forestall a further break down of law and order.

The Nigerian Army claimed that the Shiite sect’s attack on the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Tukur Buratai, led to the clash, as they considered it an attempt to assassinate the Army Chief.

Spokesman of the group, Ibrahim Usman, debunked the claim that the group attempted to attack the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, stating that the clash was only between his group and some overzealous soldiers who were on their way to the passing out parade of the Nigerian Army in Zaria.

He said that the incident occurred around the PZ area in city when a convoy of armed soldiers opened fire on the group while they were hoisting their sect’s flag to usher in the month of Rabi’ul Awal at Husdainiyyah Baqiyyatullah area of the city.

Army Claims Shiites Attacked Chief Of Army Staff’s Convoy

ArmyThe Nigerian Army has claimed that the Shiite sect’s attack on the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Tukur Buratai, led to the clash between soldiers and members of the group which left at least three dead.

The Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, in a statement made available to the media referred to the alleged act by the Shiites as an attempt to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff but which he escaped unhurt.

He said, “The Shiite Sect on the orders of their leader, Ibrahim Alzak-zaky today afternoon in Zaria attacked the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff while on his way to pay homage on the Emir of Zazzau and attend the Passing Out Parade of 73 Regular Recruits Intake of Depot Nigerian Army, Zaria.

“The sect, numbering hundreds carrying dangerous weapons, barricaded the roads with bonfires, heavy stones and tyres. They refused all entreaties to disperse and then started firing and pelting the convoy with dangerous objects.

“The barricade was obviously a deliberate attempt to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff and members of his entourage while on a legitimate official assignment as Special Guest of Honour at the passing out parade which has earlier been widely publicized.

“The troops responsible for the safety and security of the Chief of Army Staff on hearing explosion and firing were left with no choice than to defend him and the convoy at all cost as well as open up the barricaded road for law abiding citizens.

“This is in line with the Nigerian Army Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct. This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated from any individual or groups and should not be allowed to repeat itself.”

Colonel Usman implored all Nigerians to continue to be law abiding and remain conscious of other people’s right to life, freedom of movement and passage.