The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, recently met with survivors of the 2015 clash between soldiers and members of the movement.
According to reports, families of those killed in the clash were also present.
One of the IMN members Isa Waziri Gwantu, who lost four of his children during the Zaria incident, expressed gratitude to the Sheikh for inviting them to meet him in such a difficult circumstance and reiterated their resolve to never abandon the right path being championed by the sheikh.
Hajiya Jummai Karofi, who said he lost five children, said, “I would like the killers of my children to know that what they did to them would never scare us away from Sheikh Zakzaky and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, in fact, we are ready to pay the ultimate sacrifice in defence of Islam.”
Speaking in Abuja, according to a press release, the Sheikh condoled with the survivors and bereaved over the loss of their loved ones.
He urged those in attendance to always remember the persecution and hardship meted out to Imam Hussein (AS) when the dreaded army of Yazid besieged and massacre them.
He also implored them that no sacrifice is too high when it comes to the path of Allah.
El-Zakzaky also apologised for having to invite some of them, instead of going to their houses to condole them.
“Due to the injuries we sustained during the military attack on us, we still carry bullet fragments in our bodies, and there is no way we can meet up with all the victims and the survivors of the brutal military onslaught against us in December 2015,” he added.
El-Zakzaky then prayed to Allah to give the families of the late Shiites the fortitude to bear the irreparable losses they suffered and prayed that Allah should accept the martyrdom of those killed.
On July 28, Justice Gideon Kurada of the Kaduna State High Court acquitted and discharged the leader of the IMN, El- Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat who had been standing trial in the court for four years.
According to Justice Kurada, the case was not proven by the prosecutor.
El-Zakzaky and Zeenat were standing trial on eight counts bordering on alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disruption of public peace, among others.
The defendants had pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.