Zakzaky's daughter says world was silent in the face of Zaria massacre
The daughter of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, says the world was silent after the Zaria massacre and said the martyrdom of her brothers and the detention of her parents in defense of Islam is a divine test.
Soheila Zakzaky made the comments at a speech on Saturday in the Iranian city of Qom during a ceremony to honor the martyrs of the Zaria massacre in 2015.
“The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) had not been done anything wrong, and its supporters were suddenly attacked without regard to law, and Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife were arrested," she said.
Contrary to the intent of the perpetrators of Zaria's massacre and Nigerian authorities, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria received more attention after the attack, she added.
Zakzaky’s daughter also said the Islamic Movement of Nigeria did not hurt anyone, but the world remained silent in the face of massacre. “We will continue to move forward with confidence. We are proud of our martyrs," she said.
Scholars in Qom described the Nigerian government as the puppet of Saudi Arabia, the US and Israel.
Five years have passed since hundreds of Muslims were killed in a massacre in the Nigerian city of Zaria.
The incident took place when the Nigerian army stormed a religious ceremony, organized by Nigeria's Islamic Movement, which represents the Shia Muslim minority in the country.
In the massacre, which took place in Kaduna State in 2015, at least 348 civilians were killed and 347 bodies were secretly buried, according to official tally. The real death toll is said to be much higher.
Sheikh Zakzaky, who is in his mid-sixties, and his wife, sustained serious injuries during the raid and was detained. The attack also left three of his sons dead.
Followers of Sheikh Zakzaky marked the anniversary of the massacre with a huge protest in Abuja.
The protesters demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh and his wife Malama Zeenah, who are in unlawful detention.