Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria Ibrahim El-
Zakzaky and the chirf of army staff Tukur Buratai
A few lone voices named th
Nigeria (IMN) Shiite Sect as part of the gang.
The strategies of the anti-Buratai gang has changed
even though it remained simple. The intention has
however not changed: Buratai is their enemy and
must go so it matters not if he is booted out of office
over lies told against him. The strategy has been
modified to focus on President Buhari as the
After all, he is the one that appointed and the only
one that can sack the COAS.
In December of 2015 IMN’s alleged attempt on
Buratai’s life drew unexpected repercussions, the
sect that has oppressed Zaria and environs in Kaduna
state never expected law and order could be enforced
by a secular army.
They had built a militant base of radicalized youths
that enforced their brutal occupation of the areas
they chose; they were also reported to have
infiltrated government at its highest level. One expert
on their modus operandi even warned of how they
posed greater threat than Boko Haram insurgents.
After the repercussions for their ill thought attempt
on Buratai’s life the true source of their insolence
surfaced, the Islamic Republic of Iran, global
purveyor of Shiism, surfaced as the hand behind the
Under the cover of joining the global condemnation
of casualty from the military operation it unleashed
record setting propaganda. Its then Ambassador to
Nigeria, Saheed Kozechi, literally reduced Nigeria to
an Iranian outpost.
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Internal investigations were dismissed as
inconsequential. Crisis entrepreneurial local and
international NGOs were conscripted to the charge.
The goal was simple: demonize Buratai, tarnish the
Army. This has no place in international relations.
So Kozechi got fired. The Iranian – Shiite – IMN
propaganda financing dried up with the shutting off
of this particular access point. With dried up funds
the IMN war on the COAS went into a unilateral
ceasefire. No point wasting resources on a pointless
war. The likes of Harun Elbinawi and other Shiite
cyber warlords went incommunicado with the loss of
Boko Haram however did not go into hibernation.
Looted Nigerian public funds ensured their own
propaganda against Buratai went on. Their corrupt
sleeper cells in the military got purged.
The front they opened in the Niger Delta ran out of
goodwill before they could frustrate the Nigerian
state. There was new incentive to have the COAS
head on a platter, just any platter. So they trawled
and their contacts in government came up with was
to be a big gun.
Only that their big gun turned out to be nothing but a
walking stick. Buratai with his wife own property in
Dubai. But the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB)
submitted property were properly declared as per
what the law expected. The military authorities
The Ministry of Defence exonerated him. The
Presidency has nothing against him. The attack
crowd is angry.
The baying for blood continued notwithstanding.
Buratai’s blood. So they called for reinforcement in
the offensive to remove the COAS and revert to the