Press Release UNLAWFUL DETENTION OF SHAIKH ZAKZAKY & THE PERSECUTION OF MEMBERS OF THE ISLAMIC MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA
The world is aware of the gruesome murder of over one thousand brothers and sisters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the dynamic leadership of his eminence Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) by the Nigerian Army between 12th to 14th of December, 2015. In the attack, many were burnt to death including a biological sister of Shaikh Zakzkay and his nephew. Three additional children of Shaikh were killed in cold blood. Worse still is that Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife were shot several times with and incarcerated while the legal proceedings to gain his freedom are being frustrated by Government.
Amnesty International uncovered a Secret mass grave which later, the Kaduna state government told the Kaduna state JCI commission that it buried 347 IMN members secretly in a mass grave including women and children in a place called mando, Kaduna state.
Despite this gruesome human right violation, the brutal crackdown on innocent citizens, the arrest of Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and hundreds of other brothers and sisters, destruction of properties, perpetrated by the Nigerian Army in Zaria under the watchful eyes of the government and the propaganda instituted by the Army and the government, seeking to cover up their crime against humanity , the Islamic Movement still remain peaceful, shunned violence and chose to follow legally accepted processes.
We wish to remind the Government that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is a mass Movement of millions of people, a peaceful Movement for nearly forty years with no single record of crime.
The United Nation Organization made a declaration in its Charter in 1945 for the guarantee of three basic rights: the right to life as sanctity, the right to human dignity and the right to own private property. The Nigerian constitution devoted the whole Chapter IV to Human and other citizens’ rights, including freedom of conscience, the right to choose your religion, freedom of association, freedom of movement and the right to fair hearing.
The 1999 constitution expressly gave citizens the right to worship and association. In addition to that, there are other regional and global protocols guaranteeing such rights.
Why the Massacre of peaceful students and Nigerian citizens despite their profound contributions in the country?
We can recall that brothers and sisters of the Islamic Movement give the highest blood donation in Nigeria. The NBTS awarded Shaikh Zakzaky for that.
Furthermore, between 12th to 14th of October , 2016, no fewer than 15 Nigerian citizens (IMN members ) were killed as they were attacked by the joint security forces and Wahabi Izala thugs in some northern states.
while commemorating their religious rite Ashura - the Martyrdom of the grand son of Prophet Muhammad (S) Imam Husain (a.s), who was massacred in the plains of Karbala by the Army of Yazid son of Mu'awiya in the year 61AH.
The Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria hereby calls on the National Assembly to facilitate the immediate and unconditional release of the Ambassador of peace , Shaikh Zakzaky , his wife and other brothers sisters detained unjustly in Kaduna and plateau states including primary school pupils and university female lecturer.
Attached is our letter to the National Assembly (ForPress).