Canada rally denounces Nigerian Muslims Massacre
By: Raza Ali
TORONTO, Canada: Hundreds of Canadians of all faiths and
backgrounds braved bitterly cold temperatures to join a rally
condemning the brutal massacre of innocent Muslims in Nigeria.
Organized at very short notices, hundreds of people among them many
women and children gathered at Toronto’s Dundas Square on Saturday
December 19 afternoon to condemn the barbaric behavior of the
Nigerian army last weekend.
Speakers drew attention to the fact that the Nigerian army has not
been able to tackle the terrorist group Boko Haram that has indulged
in gruesome killings and kidnappings of hundreds of girls yet it was
quick to massacre unarmed members of the Islamic movement in
Speakers expressed grave concern about the well being of Sheikh
Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic movement, and his wife
Zeenat, both of whom were shot and wounded. Their last remaining
son, Hamad was martyred. Last year, three of his sons were shot and
killed by the Nigerian army during the Quds Day rally.
Following speeches, a resolution was presented that among other
points demanded the arrest and trial of the Nigerian army chief
General Tukur Buratai. Text of the resolution is given below:
1: The Nigerian army must immediately and unconditionally release
the injured leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh
Ibrahim Zakzaky and all of his family members and followers that
they have arrested.
2: An Independent Commission of Inquiry must be set up by the
Nigerian government to investigate and try the army chief Tukur
Buratai and those officers and soldiers involved in this horrific
crime against humanity for ordering the current massacre and the
massacre that was perpetrated at the Quds rally in August 2014.
3: The international criminal court should issue arrest warrants
against Buratai and the officers involved in this massacre and put
them on trial for war crimes.
4: The Nigerian army should focus its resources on fighting the Boko
Haram terrorists rather than turning its guns on peaceful citizens
that it is obliged to protect. This same army that committed this
shameless massacre against innocent civilians was unable to free
hundreds of Nigerian school girls kidnapped openly by the Boko Haram
Every day that Buratai spends in office after the Zaria killings, is
an affront to the people of Nigeria. The President of Nigeria must,
as a matter of urgency, immediately relieve Buratai of his position
as his conduct in this case has portrayed him as being totally unfit
to occupy any public position of responsibility.
Protesters demanded to see Sheikh Zakzaky in public to determine the
extent of his injuries, to confirm that he is still alive and to be
given the opportunity to state his side of the story.
So far we all have only been fed the self-serving lies of the
military. These are unacceptable.
The rally participants also signed two huge petitions that will be
presented to the Nigerian High Commission in Ottawa.
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