When the photo of Sheikh Zakzaky’s beaten body went viral, the Nigerian president’s claim that he opposes terrorism was seriously called into question. It wasn’t Boko Haram who had beaten an elderly scholar, but Buhari’s own forces.
Ibrahim Zakzaky is a 62-year old man and a spiritual leader of a religious minority in Nigeria, namely Shia Muslims. They have long been criticizing Nigeria’s failure to uphold their rights as well as defeating Boko Haram, whose stated aim, along with many other similar Takfiri groups around the world, including Daesh, is to massacre Shias.
Muhammadu Buhari has effectively admitted that his military operations against the Boko Haram have not been as strong as he claimed when he set the December deadline earlier this year. Meanwhile, reports say Buhari’s forces killed hundreds of Shia Muslims in their own massacre, some reports suggesting over a thousand.