Renowned Islamic scholar, Dr. Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, yesterday alleged that leader of the Shiite Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was receiving arms from Iran to run a parallel government in most parts of the north in the last 40 years.
Speaking to journalists in Kaduna, Dr Gumi said the movement had been training its own security personnel and operating a state within a state.
He said: “The Shiites have been embarking on military training and producing cadets and soldiers. They were operating a state within a state.
“The Islamic Movement of Nigeria does not recognise the corporate entity of Nigeria. The group is not registered. They operate above the law and they get direct foreign aid.”
He added: “It came sudden and powerful to eradicate and uproot any plan that they must have had to harm the society.”
He said blocking roads is an abomination in Islam.
The scholar warned that the north would continue to be under-developed if the twin evils of Shia and Boko Haram are not eradicated.
“The strife and unnecessary blocking of roads and shouting slogans on the way increase tension in the north,” Gumi added.