Rejoinder: All Ja’afariyya Development Association distances self with RAAF

The recent advertorial by a Shiah organization called RAAF endorsing President Muhammad Buhari’s candidacy has ignited concerns among the adherents of the faith with one of the responses coming from the All Ja’afariyya Development Association.

The following is the full text of the statement signed by Abdullahi Hassan, Acting National Public Relations Officer

Re-Advertorial in some National Dailies of Friday, February, 8, 2019, calling by *Rasulul A’azam Foundation (RAAF)* for Shia faithful to vote President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential election on February 16, 2019.

The *All Ja’afariyya Development Association* is a Shi’a organisation in Nigeria with members across the states of the Nation. The Association has received with dismay, disbelief and shock, the unwholesome decision of the leadership of a Kano based Shia organization, Rasulul A’azam foundation to support the *APC* and the candidacy of Muhammadu Bahari in the forthcoming Presidential Election! This action totally negates the teachings and tenets of the role of faith based organizations worldwide. This extremely unpopular decision is solely motivated by crass greed, self-centeredness and arrogance from the purveyors of such insalubrious misstep.

As a major stake holders of the body of Shia Adherent in Nigeria, the *All Ja’afariyya Development Association*, after due considerations and consultations with other Shia entities, hereby, unequivocally denounces, rejects and disassociates on behalf of other highly politically informed and meaningful Shia followers in Nigeria, unanimously object and reject the rash decision to sell our franchise right to *APC* or any candidate as a result of a clandestine “horse-trading” and rapaciousness of some few self-imposed Shia leaders.

We hereby call on all Shia faithfuls nationwide to disregard this unpopular arbitrary decision of a few insensitive and wantonly parasitic desperate leaders and vote wisely for unity, national building and cohesion, equity, equality and a peaceful Nigeria, we strongly advocate for freedom and unfettered rights of all adherents to vote the person and party of their choice.
In this vein, we unambiguously and strongly call on all Shia faithfuls in Nigeria to guard their votes jealously, ignore any form of cajolement and intimidation in whatever guise by whatever mien, we earnestly enjoin all Shias to secure their votes and make sure that every vote count, and to eschew all forms of provocations before, during and after the elections.

We are also using this medium to call on all Muslims and Christian leaders and organizations in Nigeria to refrain from using any form of inflammatory statement that is capable of brewing disunity or any form of partisanship. We also call on all political parties and political positions contestants to play according to the “rule of the game” and embrace the spirit of sportsmanship.
It is our fervent hope and believe that the independent National Electoral Commission as the umpire, should live up to our expectations by conducting a free and fair election, all the security apparatus that are mandated by law to participate in the conduct of the elections should also assist in the conduct of a rancor free election.
Our organization is banking heavily on the media and international observers groups as we covet your immense contributions not only in voter’s awareness but also in enlightenment and dissemination of important electoral events as they unfold.

Army gets new spokesman

By Biola Adebayo

Col. Sagir Musa has been appointed as acting Director, Army Public Relations.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Musa replaces Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, who voluntarily retired from the service on Thursday.
NAN also reports that Musa’s appointment is contained in a new redeployment of senior officers released by the Army Headquarters.
Until the appointment, Musa was the spokesman of 82 Division, Enugu.
Under the posting, Col. A.A. Yusuf, the Chief of Security in the Directorate of Army Public Relations was appointed Deputy Director Public Relations, 82 Division Nigerian army.
Col. A. D Isa is posted to Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole as Deputy Director Army Public Relations, while Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, who was the spokesman of the Theatre, moves to the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, as acting Director Defence Information.
Others affected by the posting are, Brig.-Gen. N.J. Okah, from Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies to Army Headquarters Department of Army Logistics as Acting Director of Engineering Services.
Brig.-Gen. M.A. Masanawa from Army Headquarters, Department of Army Policy and Plans to ACADA as Commander; Brig.-Gen. H.T. Wesley, from Headquarters Nigerian Army Ordinance Corps to Army Headquarters Department of Army Logistics, as Director Clothing and Store.
Brig.-Gen. H.G. Tafida of Nigerian Army Central Workshop, Rigachukwu, to Army Headquarters Department of Army Logistics, as Director Engineering and Maintenance.
Brig.-General B.A. Ilori has been posted to Army Headquarters Department of Army Policy and Plans and appointed Deputy Director Equipment Procurement.
Also affected is Brig.-Gen. A.A. Adereti, to National Defence College as Directing Staff, while the new acting Corps Commander Nigerian Army Medical Corps is Col. S. Adama.
Others affected included Col. O.G. Olaniyi, from Nigerian Army School of Music to Nigerian Army Band Corps and appointed acting Director Army Band; Col. E.I. Okoro and Col. I.P. Bindul are posted to Army War College Nigeria as Directing Staff.
(NAN)

Brig Gen Kukasheka Retires

By Abdulmumin Giwa

The Director of Army Public Relations Brig. Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman, has retired from service.

In a farewell message he signed personally on Thursday, February 7, Brig. Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman said his voluntary retirement takes effect from February 8, Friday.

The outgoing Army Spokesman said although a new Director has not been appointed yet, he would be handing over to Colonel A. A. Yusuf, the Chief of Staff, Directorate of Army Public Relations

Full text of the message below…

FAREWELL MESSAGE TO OFFICERS SOLDIERS AND CIVILIAN STAFF OF THE DIRECTORATE OF ARMY PUBLIC RELATIONS ON MY VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT FROM THE NIGERIAN ARMY
1. With utmost gratitude to God, I wish to inform you, the wonderful Officers, Soldiers and Civilian Staff of the Directorate of Army Public Relations, that with effect from Friday 8 February 2019, I will be proceeding on Terminal Leave, thus marking the end of my exciting and fulfilling career in the Nigerian Army. I am therefore bidding you all goodbye in my capacity as Director, Army Public Relations.
2. I would like seize this opportunity to thank you all for your friendship, love, support, loyalty and encouragement over the years that tremendously assisted me personally and repositioning the Directorate to the enviable height attained, thus far. I also wish to thank the Nigerian nation and the Nigerian Army for the wonderful opportunity to serve the country and humanity in various capacities for over three decades.
3. I am leaving highly fulfilled after contributing my best to national development, the Nigerian Army, gaining great wealth of knowledge, experience, inestimable network of friends which I will treasure forever. I am thankful to the Nigerian Army for giving me wonderful opportunities and work exposure to practice Public Relations to the point of being a Fellow of the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (FNIPR), Member of the National Institute (mni), among other honours, awards and qualifications, as well as attaining the highest level of command of the Directorate of Army Public Relations twice.
4. Although a new Director has not been appointed yet, I am handing over to Colonel AA Yusuf, the Chief of Staff, Directorate of Army Public Relations. As I exit this noble profession voluntarily, I wish you all continued fruitful years of service and God’s blessings, guidance and protection, amen. I will certainly miss you all and will continue to cherish the friendship and bond among us.
I enjoin you to continue to keep the flag flying and endeavour to contribute your best to further take the Directorate of Army Public Relations to greater heights.
5. Thank you and God bless you all.
SANI KUKASHEKA USMAN mni FNIPR
Brigadier General
Outgoing Director Army Public Relations
7 February 2019

FGN, APC should dissociate from from threat statement -Sen Sani

By Abdulmumin Giwa

The Senator representing Kaduna Central Shehu Sani has called on the Federal Government and the ruling All Progressive Congress APC to dissociate from the statement threatening foreign observers of the coming elections.

Sani made the call on his twitter handle insisting that silence on such a crucial matter is consent.

“The Federal Government and the ruling party must unequivocally dissociate themselves and unambiguously denounce the threat to murder foreigners. Silence or neutrality on this dangerous and tragic statement is consent” Sani said.

He also called for travel ban and appropriate global sanctions on the perpetrator of the threat.

It would be recalled that the Kaduna state governor Nasiru Elrufai has recently stated that the foreigners who interfere in the elections will be returned in body bags.

His statement has raised a lot of eyebrow leading to the European Union responding and saying it had been observing elections in Nigeria since 1999 on invitation of the state and would not relent this time around.

It has also pushed the Peoples Democratic Party PDP into threatening to withdraw from the peace accord it signed earlier for a peaceful conduct of the elections.

Public pressure has forced Elrufai into clarifying what he meant with the statement he made that is seen as a threat to the lives of foreigners coming to observe elections.

Stop inciting security agencies against us – Islamic Movement in Nigeria tells DSS

By Abdulmumin Giwa

Following a circular issued by Department of State Services DSS and dispatched to security agencies calling on them to take measures on possible uprisings by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria in the days preceding to the elections, the Movement has issued a statement describing the move as inciting.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Movement and signed by the president of its Media Forum, Ibrahim Musa recently. Find details below.

Early last month, members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria got hold of a secret circular written by the Department of State Services (DSS) dated 1st January, 2019 which was dispatched to all Service Chiefs, Inspector General of Police and heads of other security agencies urging them to take aggressive stance against us.

The letter read in part: “Intelligence availed to this service revealed plans by the leadership of IMN to mobilise its membership in large numbers for a massive protest and other hostile activities, including the use of explosives and firearms in the days ahead. It was gathered that the group intends to besiege some major Northern cities and towns in Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for the planned attack.

“The planned attack is to be carried out in league with members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), some opposition elements and a section of human rights movement, with a view to providing massive violence and attracting the attention of the International Community ahead of the 2019 general election.”

We want to assure the general public and the international community that the allegation is malicious and unfounded, aimed at maligning the Movement with a view to painting it in bad light. There is no iota of truth in their claim, and it is just mere fabrication to justify the killing of members of the Movement ahead of February 16, Presidential election.

We have said it several times that our protests are peaceful and have demonstrated that on the streets. All protest staged by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria are peaceful including the Free Zakzaky protest in Kaduna, Kano and the Federal capital city, Abuja. It is the Nigerian army and police that turn some of these peaceful protests violent by their attacks with live ammunition and in some cases battlefield weapons on peaceful protesters. The comprehensive revelation by the New York Times video on the Abuja Shia Massacre by the Elite presidential guard is a pointer to this fact.

Not only that, it is on record that during the 2011 election violence, Sheikh Zakzaky and other members of the Islamic Movement did all they could to stop the violence and even gave refuge to victims of the senseless killings, as a demonstration of its peaceful nature and its belief in mutual understanding between people of different tribes, regions and religions.

For a secret security service to now accuse us of planning violence is the height of the rot in its intelligence gathering and manufacturing systems.

In view of the foregoing, we categorically reject the unprofessional, unintelligent and baseless allegations made by the DSS and confirm that we do not know the existence of or have any link what so ever with any group called Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and we have no plan to besiege or attack any town, place or person. Hence Nigerians should disregard these frivolous claims by the DSS. Perhaps Buhari can feel the inevitable defeat coming his way, so the desperate attempt by the administration to cause chaos so that the elections will not hold, at the same time becloud its brutal and inhuman Saudi-sponsored Zaria genocide that resulted in the brutal death of 1000+ innocent children, women and men in Zaria in December 2015.

If the security agencies are jittery of our peaceful nationwide protests and want them stopped, then our main demand should be met. We demand nothing other than the unconditional release of our oppressed leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, his wife and others still in detention since 2015, as ordered by a high court in Abuja since 2016.

Sheikh Zakzaky: Case adjourned to March, Court instructs be allowed to see personal physicians

By Abdulmumin Giwa

The case before Justice Gideon Kurada of Kaduna High Court where the state is charging the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky of abetting murder has further been adjourned to the 25th of March.

Addressing journalists after today’s sitting, the lawyer representing the state government, Bayero Dari said that the court has instructed them to adjust their charges and charge Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife alone.

“The court wants us to simply go and separate the charges and charge Malam alone and his wife and continue hearing” he stated.

This is because the third and the fourth accused persons have not been reached by the government’s counsel.

Dari further declared that they were ready to continue with the case today and have even come with some of their witnesses but they have to go and adjust their charges to reflect only Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Zeenatuddeen Ibrahim.

Addressing newsmen after the court case, the lawyer representing Sheikh Zakzaky, Femi Falana SAN explained that Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife were shot by the Army in December 2015 and since then they have not been given the adequate medical attention they require and hence the need for them to get the required and sufficient treatment to face the trial.

“The fact that since both of them were shot by the army in December 2015 they have not been given adequate medical attention, therefore they have to allow them remain alive so that they could stand for the trial” he stated.

He further explained that they have applied to the court directly to give them urgent medical attention or on the alternative to have them flown abroad for medical treatment.

The senior advocate also stated that it is apparent that the government doesn’t have enough medical facility to take care of them having not done so for the past two years now.

“Malam has lost an eye as he was shot in the eye and the second eye has developed glaucoma. In the case of his wife the bullets in her have not been totally extracted after two years. She is suffering excruciating pains currently” he explained.

Falana then mentioned that there is no way both of them can stand trials in the condition in which they are.

He therefore said that the government lawyer undertook that adequate medical attention would be provided adding “we made it clear that government is not in a position to provide adequate medical care and we applied that the personal physicians of both of them be allowed to also examine them and provide them with medical treatment”

Responding to question on where they are going to be treated, Falana stated that the government doctors and their personal physicians will agree on where they are going to be treated.

We condemn America’s detention of Press TV Anchor -IMN

By Abdulmumin Giwa

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has issued a statement signed by the President of the Media Forum of the Movement Ibrahim Musa condemning the abduction of Marzieh Hashemi, the Press TV anchor.

The statement called on concern groups and individuals to voice out against the oppression of the journalist by the FBI.

It also condemned the silence by the rights groups who are looking the other way pretending they are not aware of the crime.

Below is the complete statement:

We condemn America’s detention of Press TV Anchor

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria finds it appalling to learn that Press TV anchor, Marzieh Hashemi was kidnapped from St Louis Airport on January 13 as she arrived to visit her sick brother and other members of her family including her daughter. The FBI took her to Washington DC and did not allow her to contact her family for more than two days. When she finally contacted her daughter, she gave a harrowing account of her ordeal. Her hijab was forcibly removed, she was denied proper clothing required of a Muslim woman and refused proper halal food. She was given pork to eat, which as a committed Muslimah, she flatly refused to touch, as required by her religion.

What on earth has she committed that warrants this maltreatment by the US authorities? She has not been charged with any crime—what possible crime could a TV anchor commit? Yet she has been locked up in a prison cell as a common criminal and given a prisoner number. And as at the time of writing this press statement, all that a court in Washington could say of her detention is that she is a ‘material witness’ in an unspecified investigation.

It is disheartening the way various Western bodies that claim to protect the rights of journalists have remained silent in the case of Marzieh Hashemi. So far, there has been deafening silence from these self-styled champions of free speech.

Meanwhile, there has been strong reaction in the social media to Marzieh Hashemi’s kidnap and detention by the FBI. People have roundly condemned such brazen disregard for the rights of a US citizen. We advise people to write to their political representatives, media outlets and human rights organisations to bring awareness to this case and demand her immediate release.

By this arrest and continued detention, the US is portraying itself as an outlaw regime, while it presents itself to the world as if it is governed by the rule of law. The murder of another Journalist, Khashoggi remains fresh in our mind. If the Saudis will be castigated for not following due process, why should the Trumps in the US government not be so accused in this brazen arbitrary arrest of Marzieh Hashemi? We therefore unequivocally call for her unconditional release from detention.

We are also urging everyone to please intensify efforts in Prayers, Tweets & even possible rallies and street actions, demanding for her immediate & unconditional release.

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria will forever be grateful to Marzieh Hashemi, who has also been very influential for the increased rate, scope and magnitude of how Press TV covers issues related to Shaikh Zakzaky, his wife and the Islamic Movement in general. She was so determined to visit Nigeria for a Special Documentary on Sheikh Zakzaky and the Islamic Movement before this crude detention.

SIGNED BY

IBRAHIM MUSA

PRESIDENT MEDIA FORUM OF ISLAMIC MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA

Skype: Ibrahim.musa42

20/01/2019

Sisters Forum in Kaduna condemn Elrufai of using the Zaria massacre to campaign for reelection

By Abdulmumin Giwa

Female members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, The Sisters Forum in Kaduna have on Monday condemned the Kaduna state governor Nasir Elrufai of allegedly using the mass killings of the members of the movement in the state to campaign for his reelection.

This was made public in a press conference organized by the Forum in the metropolis to commemorate the third year of the Zaria massacre and call for the immediate and unconditional release of their leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.

Part of the statement signed by one of the victims of the massacre who lost five children and is herself still receiving treatment of bullet injuries, Sister Jummai Karofi reads “As if these are not enough, Elrufai is using these crimes against humanity to campaign for his reelection through inducing sectarian hatred and causing disunity among adherent of the Islamic religion in the state as he is doing between the Muslims and Christians of the state as well.”

The forum also stated that over 1000 members of the movement were extra-judicially killed when the Nigerian army launched a clampdown on the Zaria headquarters of the movement in December 2015. It stated that 287 women, 197 children, 23 pregnant women, and 39 families are estimated to have been completely wiped out in the army assault on the unarmed members of the movement.

The group further condemned the Nigerian army for using undue force on innocent unarmed citizens while hiding behind a concocted traffic offence thereby completely violating its rule of engagements.

They further accused President Muhammadu Buhari of total disregard to law and order for refusing to obey the court order releasing and compensating the leader of the Movement Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky saying “With total disregard to law and order, the Muhammadu Buhari government has acted in total contempt of court by refusing to obey the court order directing the unconditional release and compensation of our leader as well as provision of a residence for him within a specified period of time.”

They condemned the government of gross impunity and genocide against the movement even when they stage peaceful protests calling for the release of their leader which has led to further killings destructions and cropped up charges in court falsely accusing their leader of abetting murder.

They declared to continue their struggle to the logical end using all available peaceful means to seek redress and justice.

“We shall as a Movement continue to seek redress on the injustices meted against us using all available peaceful means for which we are known. We also wish to remind our killers that whatever power they feel they are exploiting to reign terror on us is never and will never be as strong as that of Almighty Allah on who we depend” she finally stated.

KNSG speaks over court order against Gov, wife, calls for calm

By Abdulmumin Giwa

Kano state government says it is deeply shocked by the antics of desperate politicians bent on scampering the gubernatorial candidature of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in the forthcoming election by banking on a court order purportedly issued by an Abuja High Court, seeking an accelerated hearing in a suit to compel EFCC to arrest and prosecute Ganduje’s wife, Dr. Hafasat.

A statement signed by the commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba also expresses surprise at the timing of the release of the court order ostensibly dished out to embarrass Dr. Hafsat Ganduje, saying that the order is a fabrication and does not exist.

It says to further indicates the extent of their desperation to mortify the person of Governor Ganduje and the APC government, the plaintiff in the suit, the Incorporated Trustees of Hope Development and Empowerment, filed the case in November 2018 and December 10 was fixed for mention but were neither in the court nor were their representatives, ‘’only for them to release the purported court order at this material time.’’

Equally disgusting, the statement indicates further, the arrest and prosecution of the governor’s wife and substitution of the governor’s name by the APC as its candidate in Kano were not included in the plaintiff’s prayers.

‘’The plaintiff requested the court order to grant substituted service of the writ of summon, hence for them to serve the defendants through Kano state Liaison House in Abuja which was what the court granted,’’ the statement adds.

Malam Muhammad Garba therefore assured that the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice is handling the matter and called on the good people of Kano state and particularly members of the APC to remain calm in the face of this intimidation which will come to pass as did other evil machination by desperate politicians.

Osinbajo urges stakeholders to fight against fake news

Saminu Sani

BBC World service Today organized a one day Conference to discuss the harmful effects of the spread of fake News and it’s potential impact on the country as the 2019 general elections approaches.

Vice president , Professor Yemi Osinbajo while addressing participants tasked them to come up with possible ways of dealing with the consequences of fake News without infringing on the rights of the people .

Director, BBC World service group, Jamie Angus said education is one of the major tools that can be used to tackle the rising spate of fake News or misinformation.

Also speaking , Nobel Laureaute, professor Wole shoyinka said it is high time Nigerians stop treating fake news as a domestic issue hence the need for all to join hands in fighting the growing trend of fake News during elections .

Representative of INEC , Festus Okoye said INEC will be holding weekly press briefings to update Nigerians during the election to avoid the trend of fake News.

Nigeria 2019: countering fake News which began today is part of the BBC ‘s beyond Fake News season .