Pictures From the Procession
Today the Nigerian Security forces, on orders of Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, fired at and murdered at least seven members of the local Shiite Muslim community, as well as leaving over 40 injured, during a peaceful procession for Ashura. Among those killed was the nephew of the IMN’s leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, Muhsin Sayyeed Badamasi.
The Ashura procession is done every year across various cities in Nigeria, as well as across the World, as Shi’ite Muslims commerate the killing of Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him), who was martyred on this day. As usual the procession this year included many Palestinian flags, showing solidarity with the Palestinian people suffering under the apartheid.
This has become almost a sick tradition for the Nigerian security services, who have attacked and murdered many people observing peaceful events organised by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, including the infamous Zaria Massacre (Ramadan, 2015), in which at least hundreds, and by some estimates thousands, of civilians were killed by the state, and the 2014 Husainiyah Raids, where 34 civilians were killed alongside three sons of Sheikh Zakzaky. No one has been brought to justice for any of these crimes.
The continued killing and abuse that this peaceful community have endured at the hands of the Nigerian Government is absolutely disgusting and should not be tolerated. Many of the victims are in urgent need of health care and donations from supporters.
The IHRC Trust charity is the only organisation authorised to raise money to help all those affected by the violence. 100% of all donations goes as humanitarian aid to support those affected by the violence and not towards any administration costs. Donate at: https://donations.ihrc.org.uk/Nigeria
Muhammed Yusuf Yakasai
Mustapha Awwal Pambeguwa
Kazeem Umar Magume
Umar Inuwa Anguwan Fatika
Ja’afar Magaji Jushi
Ali Lawal Samaru
Muhsin Sayyeed Badamasi
Pictures From the Processions
These are photographs from various different Ashura processions across Nigeria