Nigeria Shi’a Muslims Rally In Abuja on wednesday for Leader El-Zakzaky Release. Shiites members stage protest in Abuja, demand for the immediate release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife Malamatu Zeatudden The protest was held to mark the 500th day since he was arrested.
The protest by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, was held at the Unity Fountain Abuja where they called for the immediate release of the Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria aka Shiites, who has been in military detention since December 2015 following a clash between members of the Islamic group and the Nigerian Army. At least 347 members of the IMN were killed by soldiers in that incident.
Members of the group marched in separate male and female columns along the roadside from the event centre to the main entrance of the National Assembly, demanding the immediate release of their leader.
The Chairman, Martyrs Foundation of IMN, Abdullhamid Bello, issued a statement on the occasion.
“As Sheikh Zakzaky clocks 500 days of unjustifiable detention, we come out in our numbers to peacefully show our dissatisfaction with the way the government of President Buhari has been handling the subject of Zaria pogrom that was conducted by the Army under his ultimate command”, he said in the statement.
“What is the Army hierarchy afraid of that it can’t even dare investigate a serious allegation of coldblooded killing of over 1000 civilians in Zaria?”
Mr. Bello appealed to Nigerians and the international community to prevail on the Nigerian government to release the IMN leader and his wife alongside members of the group unconditionally without delay.
Attorney to Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenah, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, also joined them to call for the release of the detainees.
In a public letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, Mr. Falana, who is Mr. El-Zakzaky’s lawyer, demanded freedom for the detained persons who have not been charged for any offence.