Abdullahi Musa, secretary of the academic forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), has accused Mohammed Yakoob, brother of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, of being jealous of their leader.
Yakoob had said El-Zakzaky joined the Shi’a sect because of money, adding that the IMN leader, who is currently in detention, is responsible for his “misfortunes”.
But speaking in a chat with TheCable on Saturday, Musa said El-Zakzaky’s brother’s is “shameless” for making such comment.
While refuting the allegation that the IMN leader was lured into the Shi’ia sect, he wondered how much Iran could give an individual to sacrifice his life.
“It is just a shameless statement made by the old man. They are jealous that he has millions of followers,” he said.
“How much will Tehran give for someone to sacrifice his life for God sake, how much? He lost his children, his property burnt to ash.
“In Christianity, you have the Catholics who are linked to Rome, will you say because they practice [Catholicism] they are being sponsored?”
On Monday, a high court in Kaduna granted El-Zakzaky and his wife permission to treat themselves in India, after being held in detention for years.