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How I was burned, battered and shot by Nigerian Army during #ZariaGenocide

How I was burned, battered and shot by Nigerian Army during #ZariaGenocide

This is the miraculous survival story of a man who was locked up in a room along with many others and the room set ablaze by Nigerian army. His burning body was battered, then shot!

My name is Mahdi Goronyo, a Nigerian from Sokoto state.

On the 12th of December, 2015 I went to Zaria in the company of many others for the purpose of attending a religious event of flag off of the auspicious ceremony of birthday of the Prophet (S). Before we arrived, soldiers from the Nigerian Army had shot and killed in Hussainiyyah, the venue of the occasion, and maintained a siege. We, like hundreds of others like us, therefore went to the Gyellesu residence of our leader.

We monitored what was happening at Hussainiyyah via calls, SMS, WhatsApp calls, messages and whatever. We prayed for the safety of those trapped in Hussainiyyah, not knowing that our own calamity was just hours away!

The Nigerian military arrived the Gyellesu neighborhood about 10:00PM, and announced their arrival with sounds of gunfire many kilometers away. There were many people, who like me, came to Zaria initially to attend the flag hoisting ceremony, which symbolizes the start of the month in which our Prophet (S) was born. Over two thousand people converged at the residence of Sheikh that eventful night.

Initially as the soldiers shot from afar, corpses and victims were brought to where I was. Soon after, the sounds of gunfire became louder and appeared much closer and more sporadic as the number of victims increased. I wondered how the situation was in about a dozen other places around the Sheikh’s compound where victims were taken to. After a while, I noticed that the number of victims – corpses and wounded – being brought to our location had dwindled significantly as those ferrying them got wounded or killed as well. This situation continued unabated all through the night. A few of us survived till the next day.

In the course of the night, sounds of explosions punctuated the heavy gunfire and the Soldiers had already gained access to the Sheikh’s compound. They had set ablaze many structures in and around. Heaps of corpses littered the compound and there was no escape for us. I was in the company of a few others.

Suddenly, we came face to face with the soldiers. They pushed us into a room and shut the door. They set the room ablaze with us inside. There was intense heat and smoke. Splinters of fire fell on us as the roofing ferociously burned. Soon, my clothing’s were also on fire. I had on me layers of clothing, but all were completely burnt. The pain was excruciating as my skin was being charred. Almost every part of my body was burnt.

When the door of the room burnt and collapsed, opening the room, I noticed that the soldiers kept watch, as if they wanted to be certain that we were all burnt alive. I rushed out to escape the suffocating smoke in the room. On citing me, one of the soldiers barked an order, “Come here!” I replied him, “You too, come here!” He came with so much scorn and vengeance, and used the butt of his gun to continually hit me until I was no longer having any sign of life in me. Soon after, the thick smoke from burning people choked me and I coughed. On hearing the sound of the cough, he returned to me and said, “you are not yet dead?” I replied that my life is not in his father’s hands. On hearing that, he raised his gun and shot me pointblank at a very close range on my stomach. When I came round, I saw myself on the hospital bed.

 

I don’t know what happened to those I was with. They probably were burnt alive.

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Worldwide Protest on 2 Years Anniversary of Zaria Genocide by Evil Tyrant Buhari

Dear Friends & People of Conscience,

12th December will mark two years anniversary of the #ZariaGenocide by the wicked mass murderer tyrant Buhari. They brutally murdered 1000+ innocent Nigerians and wickedly dumped the dead bodies in mass graves at night to bury the evidences.

Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife are still in illegal detention incommunicado despite court order to free them.

UK-based activist sent us message that they will organize protest match to the Nigerian embassy.

We hope for worldwide protest marches to all Nigerian embassies to remind humanity of the monumental inhumanity and monstrous savagery of the Zaria genocide.

A Global Twitter storm will take place on 12th December, 3:00pm (GMT) and the hash tag is #FreeZakzaky.

Thank you:
#ElbinawiTweets

#UnityWeek: Birth Anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (sa)

#UnityWeek: Birth Anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (sa)

In order to bridge the difference of Sunni and Shia Islam and use it as an opportunity to unite the ranks of Muslims, the founder of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Imam Khomeini (qs) designated the period of Birth Anniversary celebrations of Prophet Muhammad (sa) from 12th to the 17th of Rabi al-Awwal as the Islamic Unity Week.

Every year the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) under the leadership of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky organize multiple programs to celebrate the Birth Anniversary of the Prophet (sa) in more than 50 towns and cities across Nigeria. The celebrations starts every year with colorful match procession by Shia and Sunni children in major Nigerian cities.

IMN also invite our Christian brothers and sisters to the Milad-Ul-Naby celebrations. IMN is the only Muslim group in Nigeria that invite Christians to its programs and activities to foster tolerance, mutual understanding, mutual respect and peaceful coexistence.

All Muslims believed in the Prophethood and Messengership of Prophet Muhammad (sa), he is the common denominator of all Muslims therefore his Birth Anniversary should serve a unity platform for all Muslims. God sent Prophet Muhammad (sa) as a mercy to mankind. It is important that the qualities pillars of Islam of mercy, compassion, love and tolerance be expounded during such great occasion.

Today Islam and Muslims face numerous challenges and threats and the most serious threat is the evil antics of Western imperialism and Global Zionism that desperately want to dominate Muslims, loot their resources and trigger a bloody sectarian Shia Vs Sunni war. It is not by accident but by design that the genocidal West is allied to the intolerant and bloodthirsty Wahhabi savages and the Saudi Wahhabi regime. Whenever the genocidal European savages needed bloodthirsty terrorists to kill innocent Muslims, rape Muslim women and girls and destroy Muslim towns and cities, the savage Saudi Wahhabi regime supply them.

Today economic, scientific and technological backwardness is associated with Muslims. It is important for Muslim leaders to overcome these challenges. The genocide of oppressed Palestinian Muslims and Christians continue by the bloodthirsty Zionist savages in occupied Palestine. The inhuman and barbaric #RohingyahGenocide in Myanmar is on where the Burmese army rape Muslim women and girls and slaughter innocent Muslims at will. We should use the Birth Anniversary of the Prophet (sa) to highlight these problems and proffer solutions to them.

The US President Donald Trump recently retweets three videos of anti-Islam hate to spread Islamophobia that threatens the lives of millions of Muslims in the West. In the past, leaders of the West hypocritically hide behind the cover of freedom, democracy and Human Rights to harm Muslims but the present US President Trump has brought everything to the open. Western Imperialism and Global Zionism created murderous Wahhabi terrorist groups using the Saudi regime as intermediary then accused Islam and Muslims of creating these murderous terrorist groups. It is not accidental that more than 90% of all the victims of murderous Wahhabi terrorism are innocent Muslims.

The #UnityWeek2017 comes at a time when the US-sponsored #ISIS are defeated in the Middle East. This call for Muslim world wide celebrations. The wicked enemies of Islam created ISIS to destroy Muslim countries that will facilitate them to occupy Muslim countries and loot resources.

On a final note, we pray for peace, progress and development to all Muslim countries and societies on the great occasion of the Birth Anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (sa). We say to the wicked mass murderer Nigerian tyrant Buhari #FreeZakzaky and his wife from 23 months illegal detention incommunicado.

Harun Elbinawi
Elbinawi.wordpress.com
elbinawi@yahoo.com

70 Famous Quotes by Confucius

70 Famous Quotes by Confucius

Confucius was a Chinese thinker, social philosopher, teacher and a political figure. His philosophies and teaching have extremely influenced Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Taiwanese. His was recognized for his representations of social interaction and admired sayings. Here is a list of some of his great and popular thoughts.

1. “Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius
2. “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.” – Confucius
3. “Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.” – Confucius
4. “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” – Confucius
5. “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
6. “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” – Confucius
7. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.” – Confucius
8. “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius
9. “What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.” – Confucius
10. “He who learns but does not think, is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” – Confucius
11. “They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” – Confucius
12. “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
13. “I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.” – Confucius
14. “He that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.” – Confucius
15. “If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.” – Confucius
16. “There is the love of knowing without the love of learning; the beclouding here leads to dissipation of mind.” – Confucius
17. “Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.” – Confucius
18. “If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?” – Confucius
19. “Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.” – Confucius
20. “By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.” – Confucius
21. “The cautious seldom err.” – Confucius
22. “To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.” – Confucius
23. “A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.” – Confucius
24. “The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters.” – Confucius
25. “In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed wealth is something to be ashamed of.” – Confucius
26. “The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” – Confucius
27. “He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.” – Confucius
28. “Things that are done, it is needless to speak about…things that are past, it is needless to blame.” – Confucius
29. “It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.” – Confucius
30. “Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.” – Confucius
31. “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” – Confucius
32. “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” – Confucius
33. “To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.” – Confucius
34. “Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.” – Confucius
35. “When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it – this is knowledge.” – Confucius
36. “Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.” – Confucius
37. “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” – Confucius
38. “The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.” – Confucius
39. “With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow – I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches and honors acquired by unrighteousness are to me as a floating cloud.” – Confucius
40. “You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” – Confucius
41. “Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.” – Confucius
42. “The first woman was created from the rib of a man. She was not made from his head to top him nor from his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal to him.” – Confucius
43. “To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.” – Confucius
44. “The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.” – Confucius
45. “When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.” – Confucius
46. “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” – Confucius
47. “An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.” – Confucius
48. “The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” – Confucius
49. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius
50. “Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” – Confucius
51. “Silence is a true friend who never betrays.” – Confucius
52. “It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.” – Confucius
53. “To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.” – Confucius
54. “You cannot open a book without learning something.” – Confucius
55. “When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.” – Confucius
56. “People with virtue must speak out; People who speak are not all virtuous.” – Confucius
57. “Questions are the creative acts of intelligence” – Confucius
58. “Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.” – Confucius
59. “Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.” – Confucius
60. “When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.” – Confucius
61. “To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.” – Confucius
62. “If you don’t know how to live, why wonder about death?” – Confucius
63. “Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.” – Confucius
64. “Can there be a love which does not make demands on its object?” – Confucius
65. “Don’t be concerned others not appreciating you. Be concerned about your not appreciating others.” – Confucius
66. “The gentleman understands rightousness, the petty man understands interest.” – Confucius
67. “When anger rises, think of the consequences.” – Confucius
68. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius
69. “When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war.” – Confucius
70. “If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.” – Confucius

US President Trump is an extreme enemy of Islam and Muslims

I saw the 3 Tweets of Jayda Fransen that US President Donald Trump re-tweeted. Jayda Fransen belong to an extremist far-right anti-Islam group called “#BritainFirst”.

The videos were the brutality of murderous criminals & this hateful woman will attribute them to Islam. She feigned ignorance of the fact that there are murderous criminals in all religions and societies but the teachings of all Monotheist religions condemned such murderous criminality.

We ask “Was Adolf Hitler of Germany a Muslim?” He was a Christian but do any Muslim ever accuse Christianity of the heinous crimes of Adolf Hitler? We all know that Christianity strongly condemned all the heinous crimes and atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler.

For US President Trump to support such extreme Islamophobia underlined his status as an extreme enemy of Islam and Muslims.

#KnowYourEnemy

#ElbinawiTweets

A UK-based Nigerian activist, Adetutu Balogun @Tutsy22, Thread on Two years anniversary of the Zaria genocide by evil tyrant Buhari

A UK-based Nigerian activist, Adetutu Balogun @Tutsy22, made a Tweet Thread on
Two years anniversary of the Zaria genocide by evil tyrant Buhari.

#ZariaMassacre #MilitaryCoverup Issa Thread. 1. Mass slaughter of hundreds of men, women and children by soldiers in Zaria and the attempted cover-up of this crime demonstrates an utter contempt for human life and accountability, said Amnesty International

2. as it publishes evidence gathered on the ground revealing how the Nigerian military burned people alive, razed buildings and dumped victims’ bodies in mass graves. #ZariaMassacre #MilitaryCoverup

3. The true horror of what happened over those two days in Zaria is only now coming to light. Bodies were left littered in the streets and piled outside the mortuary. Some of the injured were burned alive. #ZariaMassacre
#MilitaryCoverup

4. The report, Unearthing the truth: Unlawful killings and mass cover-up in Zaria, contains shocking eyewitness testimony of large-scale unlawful killings by the NA and exposes a crude attempt by the authorities to destroy and conceal evidence. #ZariaMassacre #MilitaryCoverup

5. “Our research, based on witness testimonies and analysis of satellite images, has located one possible mass grave. It is time now for the military to come clean and admit where it secretly buried hundreds of bodies.”
#ZariaMassacre #MilitaryCoverup

6. More than 350 people are believed to have been unlawfully killed by the military between 12 and 14 December, following a confrontation between members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna state. #ZariaMassacre #MilitaryCoverup

7. The NA claimed that IMN supporters – some armed with batons, knives, and machetes – had refused to clear the road near their headquarters, the Hussainiyya, for a military convoy to pass. #ZariaMassacre #MilitaryCoverup

8. The army has claimed that IMN supporters attacked the convoy in an attempt to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff. IMN members deny this.
#ZariaMassacre #MilitaryCoverup

9. Following an initial confrontation the military surrounded other locations where IMN supporters had gathered, notably at the residential compound of IMN leader Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky. #ZariaMassacre #MilitaryCoverup

10. Some people were killed as a result of indiscriminate fire. Others appeared to have been deliberately targeted. #ZariaMassacre #MilitaryCoverup

11. All available information indicates that the deaths of protesters were the consequence of excessive, and arguably, unnecessary use of force.
#ZariaMassacre #MilitaryCoverup

12. Those who were badly injured and could not escape were burned alive.
#ZariaMassacre #MilitaryCoverup

13. Zainab, a 16-year-old schoolgirl, told Amnesty Inter: “We were in our sch uniforms. My friend Nusaiba Abdullahi was shot in her forehead. We took her to a house where they treated the injured but, before reaching the house, she already died.” #zariamassacre #militarycoverup

14. A 10-year-old boy who was shot in the leg told Amnesty International how his older brother was shot in the head as they tried to leave the compound. “We went out to try to shelter in a nearby house but we got shot.”
#zariamassacre #militarycoverup

15. On 13 December, two buildings within Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky’s compound, one of which was being used as a makeshift medical facility and mortuary, were attacked by soldiers. Alyyu, a 22-year-old student, told Amnesty International that he was shot in the chest outside the compound

16. and was taken inside for treatment: “There were lots of injuredpeople in several rooms. There were dead bodies in a room and also in the courtyard. Around 12-1pm soldiers outside called on people to come out, but people were too scared to go out. We knew they would kill us.

17. Soldiers threw grenades inside the compound. I saw one soldier on the wall of the courtyard shooting inside.”

18. One mother described a phone conversation with one of her 19-year-old sons before he was killed alongside his twin brother and their step brother and sister in the compound. “They are shooting those injured one by one,” he told her.

19. From far I could only see a big mound but when I got closer I saw it was a huge pile of corpses. I have never seen so many dead bodies.

20. As soldiers set fire to the makeshift medical facility in the compound that afternoon, Yusuf managed to escape despite serious gunshot wounds: “Those who were badly injured and could not escape were burned alive,”

21. he told Amnesty International. “I managed to get away from the fire by crawling on my knees until I reached a nearby house where I was able to hide until the following day. I don’t know how many of the wounded were burned to death. Tens and tens of them.”

22. Footage believed to have been shot on mobile phone by IMN supporters after the incident shows bodies with gunshot wounds as well as charred bodies strewn around the compound

23. After the incident the military sealed off the areas around al-Zakzaky’s compound, the Hussainiyya and other locations. Bodies were taken away, sites were razed to D ground, the rubble removed, bloodstains washed off, and bullets and spent cartridge removed from the streets.

24. Witnesses saw piles of bodies outside the morgue of Ahmadu Bello Univ Teaching Hospital in Zaria. A senior medical source told Amnesty International that the military sealed off the area around the morgue for 2 days. During that time he saw army vehicles “coming and going”.

25. A witness described to Amnesty International what he saw outside the hospital mortuary on the evening of 14 December: “It was dark and from far I could only see a big mound but when I got closer I saw it was a huge pile of corpses on top of each other.

26. I have never seen so many dead bodies. I got very scared and run away. It was a terrible sight and I can’t get it out of my mind.”

27. Another witness told the organisation how he had seen diggers excavating holes at the site of the suspected mass grave: “There were five or six large trucks and several smaller military vehicles and they spent hours digging and unloading the trucks’ cargo into the hole

28. they dug and then covered it again with the earth they had dug out. They were there from about 1 or 2 am until about 5 am. I don’t know what they buried. It looked like bodies, but I could not get near.”

29. Amnesty international identified and visited the location of a possible mass grave near Mando. Satellite images of the site taken on 2 November and 24 December 2015 show disturbed earth spanning an area of approximately 1000 square metres.

30. it is clear that the military not only used unlawful and excessive force against men, women and children, unlawfully killing hundreds, but then made considerable efforts to try to cover-up these crimes,” said Netsanet Belay.

31. The IMN claim a further 350 people who went missing during the incidents in Zaria remain unaccounted for.

32. During field research carried out in Kaduna state and FCT in February 2016, Amnesty International delegates interviewed 92 people, including victims and their relatives, eyewitnesses, lawyers and me

33. IMN leader Al-Zakzaky and his wife Zeinat Al-Zakzaky were arrested and held incommunicado. They were only allowed access to their lawyer for the first time on 1 April 2016, three and a half months after their arrest.

34. Amnesty International has not had access to those who remain in detention but has received information from medical sources that some of the detainees were not allowed access to necessary medical care for several weeks after their arrest.

35. Amnesty International is calling for those IMN supporters charged in connection with this incident to be tried promptly and fairly and for those still held in detention without charge to be either immediately charged or released.

36. This horror happened under President Muhammadu Buhari, just 7 months into his presidency. The same man APC sold to us as a democrat. #RIP zaria massacre victims, may God judge all perpetrators.