Governor Nasir El-Rufai really needs to calm down with the way he is handling this whole Shiite problem. He should not complicate an already complicated situation. The Shiite have the rights to worship, protest the release of their leaders and every other rights entitled to any Nigerian as individual, group or organization. The way Governor Nasir El-Rufai and President Muhammadu Buhari are handling this imbroglio is worrisome.
After the whole sad event in Zaria in which the Shiites blocked the road during one of their procession when the army chief was passing by and the whole thing later turned out into a bloody affair after there was order from above to deal with the Shiites in which the army did clinically, killing over 400 Shiite members and whisking away with their leader, the Shiites have been protesting the release of Shiekh El-Zazacky. Do they have the right to protest? Of course, they have every rights to protest. Have they done anything against the law since their protests for the release of their leader? None that I know of. Why is the Kaduna State government paranoid over the Shiites? That is what Governor Nasir El-Rufai needs to answer.
We should really be weary of another kind of problem because what is brewing now looks like Shiite and Sunni conflict in the making. This is how it starts. The Kaduna State government should be warned of this impending conflict. I don’t know if any of you is seeing what I am seeing.
What was more disturbing than the way the Shiites were attacked and massacred was the apathy the people in Zaria showed them. I watched several videos and pictures of Shiite members dead bodies being robbed. I heard comments from here and there, from Muslims, that they deserved what they got or that they got it coming. In fact Boko Haram members got and still get more sympathy than the Shiites both from this administration and the Sunnis of Northern Nigeria.
Personally, the politics of religion and sect rivalries does not bother me. But as Nigerians I think the Shiites were not treated fairly by the administration of Governor Nasir El-Rufai and that of President Muhammadu Buhari. What this government should not do is to complicate this more than they have already done.