Sheikh Muhammad Yakubu, the brother of Sheikh Ibraheem Yakubu El-Zakzaky, the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shiites, has reacted to the recent proscription of IMN.
According to him, the proscription by the Federal Government was long overdue.
El-Zakzakys elder brother, who is also the Zaria Branch Chairman of Izalatul Bidia wa Ikamatus sunna, said that the Federal Government should not stop at proscribing IMN but go further to disband the Shiite sect in its entirety.
Speaking with The Nation newspaper, Shiekh Yakubu said there was no difference between his younger brothers IMN, the Shiite sect, and the dreaded terrorist group, Boko Haram.
He added that both the leader of the deadly Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, and his younger brother, El-Zakzaky, were terrorists.
He said the decision taken by the federal government to proscribe the IMN was not only right but overdue because the government can be overthrown through the violent protests of the group.
Sheikh Yakoob said the IMN leader is responsible for whatever calamity that has befallen him, saying that he was warned when he started propagating his dangerous Shiite doctrine.
He said: As you may be aware, El-Zakzaky is my blood brother. We were given birth to by the same father. While growing up, before he started this journey into Shiism, I didnt have any close friend apart from him. We did everything together. We studied together in Islamic school.
We warned him seriously to desist when he started this Shiism ideology. I personally warned him several times, and when he refused, I had to abandon him. So, whatever the authorities might have done to him, he caused it for himself.
Sheikh Yakoob added: There is nothing good about Shiism. These people are supposed to have been proscribed a long time ago, but the government waited until they are now causing havoc.
In the entire world, where has the Chief of Army Staff ever been blocked on the way and denied right of passage? Since the time Shiites people did that to the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, they were supposed to have been stopped. But now, the authorities seem to have understood their mission.
Anywhere the Shiites are, they are always a problem. They are the ones that ruined Iraq. They are the ones that ruined Syria, Yemen and Lebanon. All the crises you see in the Middle-East, Shiites are responsible for them.
You see, with their protests, they an take over government. The enemies of the country and enemies of the sitting government can take advantage of the Shiites protest and overthrow the government.
I believe the government now understands this secret. What the government has done is very right.
On Tuesdays declaration by another Shiites group that IMN members are fake Shiites, El-Zakzakys brother described the declaration as hypocritical.
According to him, all Shiites groups have the same doctrine and ideology.
They are liars. All Shiites are one, he said.
What they are doing is hypocrisy. All of them have the same doctrine and ideology. They are only in Shiites leadership tussle with Zakzaky. That is why they are denouncing him publicly.
Therefore, it is not only Zakzakys group that is supposed to be proscribed. The government should outlaw the entire Shiites sect. This is because both Boko Haram and Shiites share the same ideology.
They can continue to fool other people that they are not armed, but we know they carry arms. Didnt you see them shown with their arms?
They lied that they were not the ones that killed the police officer in Abuja. The Deputy Commissioner of Police that was killed in Abuja was not the first police officer to be killed by the Shiites.
When asked about the court order that, said his brother should be released and a house built for him anywhere in northern Nigeria, Sheikh Yakubu said, government should only obey such order if it is also ready to build a house for the leader of the dreaded Boko Haram group, Abubakar Shekau.
He said: Nobody should blame the government for holding him despite the Abuja court order. Some would say, ehn, court ordered that Zakzaky should be released and a house built for him. If they want the government to build a house for Zakzaky, then the government should also build a house for Shekau.
Do Nigerians agree that government should build a house for Shekau? If no, then government should not build a house for Zakzaky, because they are the same. They are all terrorists.
He noted that since the exit of El-Zakzaky, Zaria, which was his base, has been very peaceful as security agents have been able to tame their violent activities.
Author: Chijioke Jannah