Shi’ites Sect Deadlier than Boko Haram insurgents, says Sharia Council
The Supreme Council of Sharia in Nigeria told the Justice Mohammed Garba’s Judicial Commission of Inquiry on the Army/Shi’ites clash ion Wednesday that the Shiite sect was deadlier than the violent Boko Haram insurgents.
The Secretary-General of the SCSN, Mallam Nafiu Baba-Ahmed, stated this while testifying before the commission on Wednesday.
He said the Islamic sect posed greater danger to the corporate existence of Nigeria than the once deadly Boko Haram terrorists.
Baba-Ahmed warned that the inability of the government to deal decisively with the Shiites could spell doom for the country.
He also alleged that there was a link between the Shi’ite leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and the late leader of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, saying the two had close relationship in terms of ideological beliefs.
He added that El-Zakzaky and Yusuf had held tenaciously to their beliefs contrary to Islamic principles.
According to the SCSN’s secretary, over the years, the Shi’ites had adopted Boko Haram style of eliminating Islamic clerics perceived to be opposed to their doctrines.
He believed that the fear of the Shiites might have forced some Islamic clerics to stay away from testifying before the panel.
He called on the government to learn from its experience of Boko Haram menace to deal decisively with the Shi’ite group.