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Nigerian army’s massacre of Quds rally participants

Crescent International

The zionists are slaughtering innocent Palestinians in Gaza while their agents around the world are busy killing those that protest such crimes. This is what happened in Nigeria when the army opened fire on Quds Day rally participants killing 25 instantly. Another 12 people were arrested and executed at an army compound. The dead included three sons of Mallam Ibrahim Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic movement in Nigeria.


Wednesday July 30, 2014, 21:23 DST

What kind of an army would fire live ammunition on unarmed peaceful protesters drawing attention to the barbaric Zionist onslaught on defenceless Palestinians and to the continued occupation of Masjid al-Aqsa? Why, the Nigerian army that has close links with the illegitimate Zionist regime in Occupied Palestine. On Juy 25, the Nigerian army opened fire on peaceful Quds Day protesters killing 25 of them instantly. Scores of others were injured while at least 12 were arrested. Those arrested were taken to the army camp and shot dead there before handing their bodies over to the families.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, a clownish figure who goes around in bowler hat imitating the white man, is a Zionist puppet. In fact, the zionists have infested Africa’s most important country and both are involved in instigating religious warfare with the specific aim of weakening the Muslim majority. Nigeria is riddled with corruption; Jonathan and his cronies have stolen billions from oil revenues. The country has the potential to be the power engine of Africa but its hapless people have been reduced to penury.

The Quds Day rally was organized by the Islamic movement of Nigeria led by the charismatic Sheikh, Mallam Ibrahim al-Zakzaky. He has been an outspoken critic of both the regime’s corruption as well as the terrorist outfit Boko Haram. He lost three of his sons in the army shooting. Syed Mahmud Zakzaky was shot and martyred during the rally while another son was injured; two of his sons were arrested and later shot dead by the army together with the other detainees. Nigerian forces then bombed a mosque in Zaria on July 26 killing three persons. This was followed on July 29 by two suicide bombers attacking open air mosques used by Mallam Zakzaky’s followers in Potiskum in Yobe State. Eight people were killed in this twin attack that occurred during evening prayers. The attackers were members of the Boko Haram terrorist outfit. The assault by the Nigerian military on a peaceful Quds rally on July 25 and four days later the twin suicide bombings by Boko Haram on mosques confirms the nexus between the regime and the terrorist outfit.

There were Quds Day rallies in other Nigerian cities as well like Kano, Kaduna, Jos, Bauchi and Potiskum. They all went off peacefully. It is clear that the regime was determined to attack the leader of the movement Mallam Zakzaky in order to crush the growing strength of the movement. He was the primary target of this criminal attack but the Sheikh survived while losing three of his sons. Given the regime’s complicity in such crimes, the soldiers were even more aggressive in shooting and killing people. Among the dead were also a woman and the baby she was carrying on her back. Both were shot and killed.

There was a massive funeral for the Quds Day martyrs in Zaria on July 30. The mood of the mourners was sombre but defiant in the face of regime’s brutality against innocent civilians who were doing no more than expressing sympathy with the oppressed people of Gaza and drawing attention to the continued occupation of Masjid al-Aqsa and the Holy Land by the Zionist invaders. Over the years, Quds Day rallies have attracted large numbers of people in Nigeria. This year’s rally was particularly huge because of the ongoing Zionist assault on Gaza in which more than 1300 innocent Palestinians have been murdered since July 8.

The exposure of Zionist crimes in Gaza and of Jonathan’s subservience to the Zionists in Occupied Palestine was something the corrupt Nigerian president was not prepared to tolerate. The Nigerian regime felt vulnerable on three fronts: exposure of its massive corruption; its support for the terrorist group Boko Haram and exposure of its subservience to the Zionist regime. Nigeria is consistently ranked as the most corrupt country in the world on the International Corruption Index. The Quds day rally massacre in Zaria is unlikely to deter committed Muslims from continuing their struggle. Instead, it will arouse greater awareness among the people and increase their hatred of a corrupt regime that is driving Nigeria into an endless cycle of violence and bloodshed.


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