Shi'ite leader in Nigeria, Ibrahim Zakzakyis currently not enjoying support from members of his family, who he have severed ties with him.
In a recent interview with Malam Sani Yakubu, Zakzaky's elder brother he had to severe ties with the Shiite’s Sheikh after it became clear that he wasn't willing to change his child belief or listen to anyone's advice.
In his words, "We enjoyed a cordial one growing up. In fact, we were very close. We went to school together. Ibrahim has been intelligent right from childhood. When we attained adolescence and we were separated, our rooms were close. We were like best friends at that time."
Speaking further, he said, 'But to be frank with you, when we realised that he was deep into the creed of Shiite, I particularly ceased to relate with him. I took that stand after all efforts to make him realise the danger of what he was doing failed. I and our elder brother did our best, but he ignored us.
'It is a long story, but let me make it short. When Ibrahim graduated from School of Arabic and Islamic Studies (SAS) Kano, he started writing letters to different countries especially China and Iran. He developed interest in relating with China largely because China had revolutionalised her economy through agriculture and moved her people out of hunger.
'Iran was responding to his letters by sending their books to him; trying to lure him into their creed of Shiite. Because of that, he turned his attention to Iran, especially after the Ayatollah's revolution in 1979. They started having meetings in England every year, before they moved their meetings to Iran. When Iran attained certain level of development, he sometimes travelled there twice in a year," ZakZaky's brother disclosed.
Opening up on details of how their relationship went sour, Yakubu said, 'When we saw that, we decided to start counselling him, particularly with our teachers Malam Sani Abdulqadir and Malam Usman Maccido. This is because even at that time we know that Shia is not Islam. Based on that, we sat him down to tell him the implication of what he was doing.
'He kept saying that he was not into Shi’a that he was only into struggle for revival of Islam. This started in early 1980s. When we realised that he would not listen, largely because it involves a lot of money, we left him alone.
'But our elder brother, Malam Abdulqadir Yakubu, did not stop counselling him. In fact, about a week or so before their clash with the Army, our elder brother wrote him. In the letter, he told him that what they were doing is not part of Islam,' he said.
Zakzaky has been on the watch list of the Nigerian government following his altercation with the Nigerian army and his ties with suspected terrorists.