The fifth anniversary of the oppressed martyrs of Zaria was held on Saturday, December 12, 2020, in the presence of the family of Sheikh "Ibrahim Zakzaky", the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, and in the presence of a group of thinkers from the Islamic world.
The Secretary General of AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly Ayatollah Ramazani delivered a speech on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at the fifth anniversary of the oppressed martyrs of Zaria, in Qom.
Referring to the crime of killing Nigerian Shiites, Ayatollah Ramazani said that painful incident took place in the city of Zaria, which can be described as a catastrophe in the history of Muslims and this incident has no human, religious or security justification.
"The awakening and resistance to colonialism is institutionalized in the international arena. Islam is the religion of mercy and this religion has come to spread mercy," he said.
The Secretary General of AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly called Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky a pious, moral, law-abiding scholar and said that Nigerian court has been unable to gather any evidence that Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky was acting illegally and He was a religious man who had an approximate view and sought unity among Muslims so that war and violence would not occur among them.
Referring to the martyrdom of sons of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, Ayatollah Ramezani said: "Six sons of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria were martyred in the attack on the International Quds Day march and also in his house. Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaki was not provided with the slightest services, and the court extended his trial to further persecute Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky."
"There is no justification for such a violent move if we want to look internationally at the Zaria massacre," he added.
"The citizenship rights of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria must be upheld. Treatment is a basic human right and Sheikh Zakzaky should not be deprived of this right. He promoted nothing but rationality, spirituality. Not only the followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.)but also the followers of other religions respected Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky. Respect for him is respect for spirituality and rationality," he added.
It is worth mentioning that on December 13, 2015 when Shiites were mourning Imam Hussain (a.s.) in a Husseiniyah in the city of Zaria in Nigeria, the country's military forces with a previous plan to destroy Shiite Islam in Nigeria raided to the Husseiniyah of Zaria and home of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and killed more than a thousand Shiites and a number of members of the family of Sheikh Zakzaky and severely injured the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and his wife and they were taken to prison.