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Nigeria: Kaduna Government Demolishes Zakzaky’s Family House

By Mohammad Ibrahim

Kaduna (Nigeria) — Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria has ordered the demolition of all structures belonging to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, including his family house, located in Jushi quarters of Tudun wada Zaria.

KASUPDA under the protection of security agents also razed down what remained of the shi’ites temple, Husainiyya and Faudiya Islamic centres.

This was contained in a statement by the Shiite spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa made available to newsmen in Kaduna.

The shi’ites also said they are irked by the demolition of another newly bought property adjacent the Husainiyya, a former NTC compound, which the government destroyed on Tuesday.

According to the group, that compound has been in existence since the colonial times.

“Governor El-Rufai didn’t stop at that, his government’s KASUPDA demolished our Fudiyya Islamic centre, where we were holding our Islamic programmes before relocating to Husainiyya about five years ago.

“That building was also duly occupied by us and was built by the owner over thirty years ago. It was in the midst of other people’s houses.

“Today also KASUPDA demolished the family house of Sheikh Zakzaky wherein lies the remains of his mother who died a year ago. The house is located in Jushi qtrs of Tudunwada Zaria.

“We condemn this act of brutality against the Islamic movement. This atrocity is a pointer to the fact that, while the government is busy telling the public that they want peace to prevail after the massacre, but at the same time, it is out to provoke us more.

“We believe if the government is truly searching for avenues for peaceful resolution to this crisis, the government should be seen by all to be following due process in whatever breach they are accusing the Movement.

“We are calling on the Kaduna state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to desist from exploiting our patience and endurance and stop further destruction of our properties,” he said.

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