It Is Time For The Nigerian Government To Release Shaikh Zakzaky

Why did the Nigerian authorities refused to comply with a High Court Order and release the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife from an illegal detention? It is known to the world that Shaikh Zakzaky, and his wife Zeenah Ibraheem, have been in detention without charge for more than one and a half years following a brutal crackdown on his supporters by the Nigerian Army in which soldiers slaughtered hundreds of men,women and children in Zaria. Shaikh Zakzaky and his wife Zeenah Ibraheem were attacked in their house by the Nigerian Army. Soldiers shot him several times together with his wife and killed his children in cold blood in his presence. On the 6th of June, 2017 at about 8:30am on ITV news , Mr Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity of President Muhammadu Buhari claimed that Shaikh Zakzaky is "heal and hearty" , trying to justify the deliberate ignoring of the court ruling by the Government. It could be recalled that the detainers(DSS) of Shaikh Zakzaky once claimed that he is being kept in "protective custody" and according to their lawyer it is the DSS’s duty to provide him protection. They further even claimed to have spent five million Naira on his health alone. Later on , the general public through the humble Shaikh's family get to know that such claims were false. With this strategic frequent lies on the health status of Shaikh Zakzaky, how can people have trust in DSS and Garba Shehu, and the government. It is a known fact that the Ministry of Health estimated about $1 billion been spent on government official's traveling abroad for medical care in 2014 alone. In April, President Muhammadu Buhari announced that his government would no longer pay for officials to travel abroad for medical services available at home. Today,President Muhammadu Buhari is in London for medication. This shows that there are no good medical facilities in the country and why denying Shaikh Zakzaky access to well equipped medical facilities in any place of his choice? Is this the "Democracy" people voted for? We will not stop calling for the unconditional release of our leader Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, his wife and all others in detention for a year and a half now. The continued detention is a gross violation of their fundamental human rights.

Signed S.I Ahmad 14/06/2017 Academic Forum Of The Islamic Movement In Nigeria ( AFIMN ) Email : Twitter Handle : @afimn14