Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh (Dr.) Ahmad Abubakar Gumi has accused Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly known as Shi’ite, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky has been running a parallel government in most parts of the north in the last 40 years.
Speaking to newsmen on Tuesday, Dr Gumi said “the Shi’ites have been embarking on military training and producing cadets and soldiers… operating a state within a state.”
“The Islamic Movement of Nigeria does not recognise the corporate entity of Nigeria. The group is not registered. They operate above the law and they get direct foreign aid,” Gumi further alleged.
He stated further that, former President Umaru Yar’adua had told him of the massive importation of ammunitions and weapons to different parts of the country, adding that the president had mentioned Iran as supplying arms to the Shiites.
Gumi described the recent clash between Shiites and soldiers as “a divine intervention to prevent us from a catastrophe like that of Boko Haram. It came sudden and powerful to eradicate and uproot any plan that they must have been having to harm the society.”
The scholar warned that the north will continue to be under-developed if the twin evils of shia and Boko Haram are not eradicated, adding that “the strife and unnecessary blocking of roads and shouting slogans on the way increases the tension in the north.”