28 July 2019
Dahiru Yahaya, a professor of history at Bayero University Kano, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is doing the bidding of “world powers” by continuing to detain Shia leader Ibrahim Zakzaky, whose Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) was proscribed last week as a “terrorist group” by an Abuja High Court.
Yahaya, speaking in Hausa during an interview, named those “world powers” controlling Buhari as America, Saudi Arabia and Israel, alleging that Buhari is “a staunch ally of Israel”. This is unlikely to go down well in Buhari’s Sunni-Islam dominated northern Nigeria stronghold.
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Yahaya said Buhari has refused to heed calls to release Zakzaky because he is “under the apron strings of influential powers”. The historian said the president’s behaviour had gone “beyond rationality” and ended by suggesting there was a secret agreement with those “world powers” and Buhari was afraid to go against his “masters”. Allegations of Saudi involvement in Zakzaky’s incarceration have been aired previously on Iran’s state-owned Press TV.
Yahaya, who had his doctorate from the University of Birmingham, is also a member of the Kano State Emirate Council. The majority of Nigeria’s Muslims are Sunni, including Buhari and much of the northern Nigeria elite.
The Nigerian military raided the Zaria home of Zakzaky in December 2015 and a Kaduna State official inquiry concluded that nearly 350 men, women and children were killed and buried in mass graves. Zakzaky and his wife have been in detention ever since and he was recently charged with murder. There are suspicions that the charges are politically-motivated.