Members of Islamic movement staged peaceful Free Zakzaky protest today at Abuja

Members of Islamic movement staged a peaceful protest today at Abuja, to show their dissatisfaction on how the Nigerian government is still holding Sheikh Zakzaky is detention, despite the Court order that gives the government 45 days to release the Sheikh and compensate him, which elapsed yesterday.
Below is the press release signed by Academic Forum:

45 Days Gone: Why democratic government Disregards the Laws of the Land?

As the 45 days within which the Federal Government is to release the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem
Zakzaky and his wife, provide accommodation for them and pay them the sum of 50 million naira, elapsed, as ordained by the verdict of Honourable Justice Gabriel Kolawale of the Federal High Court 6 sitting in Abuja nothing from the side of the government is heard.

It is now obvious that those in the corridors of power flout the laws of the land with impunity.
The court on Friday, December 2, 2016 ordered the unconditional release of the Sheikh and his wife as their continued detention is quite arbitrary and unreasonable. But then again, the government has turned a blind eye and a deaf ear on the ruling made and the counsel offered it to eschew its demonization of the movement and allow its members to practice the faith they choose.

It is unfortunate that these things happen in a democratic setting that is supposed to be governed in conformity with the rule of law and good governance.

The continued detention of Sheikh Zakzaky even after the court has ordered for him to be freed is quite illegal and unconstitutional that severely infringes on and tramples upon his fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended as well as the provisions of the African charter on human rights.

The Sheikh has been unlawfully held under deteriorating health condition and gunshot wounds which he sustained during the massive onslaught to his residence in Zaria.

It could be recalled that Nigerian army attacked the Sheikh residence at Gyallesu between December 12 -14th, 2015 gunned down hundreds of his followers in cold blood, brutally killed his three [3] sons, callously burnt his biological sister and nephew alive, flung at least three hundred and forty seven [347] of them in a single mass grave, shot and fatally wounded him and his wife and took and dumped them in illegal custody. Also, in the course of the savagery, he lost an eye and now at the risk of losing the other. While he is gradually going blind and crippled in both his arm and leg, he is being denied access to his doctors nonstop. The court has clearly absolved him of any guilt or responsibility for any wrong doing. Then, what the dilly-dallying for?

In spite of the wanton violations of human rights, high-handed crackdown and enormous destructions of properties, movable and immovable, worth billions of Naira, yet the members remain peaceful. The Movement has been and is still very much non-violent for almost four decades of its existence, but, even as the IMN chooses to tread the path of litigation, the government continues to thwart, frustrate and pervert the course of justice without recourse to the oath of office.

There is indeed miscarriage of justice by its being delayed or by flouting of the laws of the land with latitude. It is said that he who comes to justice should come with clean hands but the government’s own have been soiled with the blood of defenceless, unarmed Nigerian citizens. The government that masterminds the killing of more than a thousand of its law-abiding people is far more viciously repressive than being democratic.

And this regime is becoming more brutally totalitarian.
Thus, the Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria calls on well-intentioned Nigerians to call the government and its agencies to order and to immediately and unconditionally release our leader from the illegal detention he has been held in for more than a year.


S.I Ahmad


Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (AFIMN)