Professor Abdullahi Danladi, a follower of Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakyzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) otherwise called Shi’ites sees no harm in losing any of his family members during the clash between members of the Islamic sect and soldiers in 2015 that led to the death of scores of the group’s members and continued incarceration of their leader.
Danladi, a professor of Polymer Composite and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Physical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, and a father of seven, in an interview with New Telegraph, said two his children, equally members of the group had been in detention over the incident.
He was however, not thrilled at the fate that befell him, his wife and three children who escaped death by a whisker during the violent face-off suggesting he won’t mind they died as martyrs.
He told the paper: “On that day, I was not in the country. I was in Iraq for the programme on the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, and from there I crossed to Iran. Unfortunately for me, on that same Monday, December 14, 2015, when Sheik was attacked and arrested, my plane touched down about 7a.m. in Kano.
“I saw my absence as one of Allah’s miracles because there was no way I wouldn’t have been with him that day. My family was staying two houses away from his home, so my wife and children were there when the attack took place.
“In fact, when my wife was escaping from my house with two small children, she left five dead bodies in my sitting room. The military entered there and shot them in cold blood. They were escapees from the attacks who had thought by entering the house they would be safe, but they were not. So my wife and two kids were just lucky, or I could say unlucky not to be among the people who were killed by the soldiers but were only asked to vacate the vicinity.”