A fallout group of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Jamaatu Tajdeed Islam, JTI, has accused the leader of the mainstream Shiite group, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, of being power drunk and desperately too ambitious for power.
Testifying against El-Zakzaky, the National Vice President of JTI, Malam Aminu Aliyu Gusau, said before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry sitting in Kaduna that El-Zakzaky wanted to dominate at all costs.
Further, Gusau claimed that the Shi’ite leader was not in control of his flock as he often allowed them to take drastic decisions without his knowledge.
Gusau, who is of the same brotherhood and former close friend of El-Zakzaky, but now heads a splinter group, disclosed that he patted ways with the Sheikh when the brotherhood started nursing the idea of becoming Shiite and proceeded to join JTI.
“We split in 1994 when I discovered the brotherhood we started was becoming Shiite. And then I went to form JTI.”
When asked to rate the conduct of the Nigerian Army in the December 12th clash, Gusau praised the Army for their tolerance while also admitting that the IMN doesn’t recognise any constitution or authority.
However, contrary to the submission of JTI, the Secretary General of Rasulul Aazam Foundation, RAAF and other Shiite groups, Sheikh Saleh Zaria, frowned at the submission made so far on the Shiite group without specification.
Zaria, who was out to correct the impression in the commission, said there are other Shiite associations that are law abiding.
He explained that there was nowhere in the Shiite constitution that says one should neither recognise authority nor the law of the land as to be different from other Islamic movements in Nigeria.
He frowned at those calling for the ban of the Shiites, saying it recognises and takes into cognisance authorities whenever it was holding its activities.


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