SHAFAQNA – Determined for their plight to be heard, Nigerian students gathered on Tuesday (January 19, 2016) under the aegis of the Academic forum of the Islamic movement in Nigeria before headquarters of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Abuja, calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh Zakzaky.
A clerics and a vocal advocate for religious tolerance and cooperation against the evil of Takfirism, as promoted by Wahhabism, Sheikh Zazkzaky was attacked in his hometown of Zaria in December. He was severely injured by soldiers before being taken into custody over trumped up charges.
ABNA, reported that “The well attended protest which lasted for over an hour attracted protesters from different tertiary institutions around Nigeria comprising students, lecturers and other movers and shakers of the academia.”
Protesters there held banners and posters demanding the safe return of their cleric. ‘Free Zakzaky Now’, ‘We demand the unconditional release of our leader’ read the slogans.
Addressing journalists shortly after the protest, Muhammad Bello Anyingba, a lecturer at Kogi state University said the purpose of the protest is to demand the absolute release of Sheikh Zakzaky. He further called on the Nigerian government to get the corpses of those killed for proper Islamic burial and free those in various military detention facilities.
In a statement signed by the Chairman of the Academic forum of the Islamic movement in Nigeria (AFIMN), Shu’aibu Isah Ahmad call on the Nigerian authorities to accept the atrocities in Zaria and compensate the families of those affected.
“We call on the government to summon courage and live up to its morality and accept its crime by paying compensation to all affected families and relations” the statement read.