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Timeline Of Events That Led To The Current Shiites Revolution (2007-2019)

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A little history about the man El-Zakzaky .

The movement began with a Shia Muslim university activist, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who is said to have become so impressed with the 1979 Iranian Revolution that he wanted one at home. Later, Zakzaky went to Iran, ultimately becoming a Shia cleric. At home he became the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and turned it into a vehicle for conditioning and gaining followers in the 1990s. As a result of his activities, millions have converted to Shia Islam in a country once with hardly any Shia population.
Shia Islam was "almost unknown" in Nigeria until the 1980s, when Ibrahim Zakzaky introduced Shia Islam. Zakzaky's gained a following among those disenchanted with the political and religious establishment

Attack and Persecution of the Shittes Sect
in 2007 - The state government of Sokoto reacted to the rise of Shia Islam in the state by taking such measures as demolishing the Islamic Center

In 2014 - the Zaria Quds Day massacres took place, leaving 35 dead.

In 2015 - the Zaria massacre during which 348 Shia Muslims were killled by the Nigerian Army.

In April 2018 - clashes broke out as Nigerian police fired teargas Shia protesters who were demanding the release of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who had been detained for two years with no trial. The clashes left at least one protester dead and several others injured. Further, Nigerian police detained at least 115 protesters.

In October 2018 - Nigerian military killed at least 45 peaceful Shia protesters. After soldiers opened fire, they targeted protesters fleeing the chaos. Many of the injured were shot in the back or legs.

July 2019 - Protests erupts at the nations capital as the group now bolder than ever confront security forces to a show down


What led to the arrest and incarceration of Shitte leader El-Zakzaky?

Saturday, 12 December 2015, Shiite followers of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria attempted to assassinate Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, Shite members barricaded the road Mr. Buratai’s motorcade was passing to pay homage on the Emir of Zazzau, and also attend a review parade by 73 Regular Recruit Intake at the Nigerian Army Depot in Zaria. The sect numbering hundreds carrying dangerous weapons, barricaded the roads with bonfires, heavy stones and tyres, refused all entreaties to disperse and then started firing and pelting the convoy with dangerous objects”.

The troops responsible for the safety and security of the Chief of Army Staff on hearing explosion and firing were left with no choice than to defend him and the convoy at all cost as well as open up the barricaded road for law abiding citizens. This is in line with the Nigerian Army Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct. The army said the sect carried out the attempt on Mr. Buratai’s life on the instructions of Ibrahim El-zakzaky, the leader of the Shiite group.

At least 348 civilians were killed, with 347 bodies secretly buried by the army in a masse grave and the Ieader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, El-Zakzaky was arrested by the Nigerian Army with his wife

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