To The President,
Federal Republic of Nigeria
RE: Court Orders Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky’s Release in 45 Days
We, the concerned Nigerian students in Tehran, writes in protest of the continuous detention of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky; leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), his wife, and several other members of the Movement. The Federal High Court in Abuja on the 2nd December, 2016 gave an order for the release of the leader in 45 days.
Zakzaky, his wife, and other members of IMN have been kept in illegal detention for 13 months now, following a tragedy that happened on 12-14th December, 2015; where over 1000 lives were lost. The Nigerian Army attacked defenseless citizens with heavy ammunitions on the guise that the Chief of Army Staff was denied passage on his way to attend a passing out parade in Zaria, Kaduna State. Similar events occurred in Kaduna, Katsina, and Plateau States, where women and children on their way to attend ashura procession were arrested, battered, and kept in illegal detention.
In Kano state, police attacked the symbolic annual arba’een trek, killed many including infants and kept the wounded in prison/detention mostly women and children without proper medical attention. This breach of fundamental human rights is astonishing and contradicts the country’s democratic principle of freedom of religion, thought, and conscience.
With all these incidents, the IMN members only embarked on nationwide peaceful protests that were a times attacked by the Nigerian forces. Our leader, his wife, and other members need medical attention as soon as possible. The court order was to release Zakzaky and provide him shelter of his choice within 45 days. The Nigerian Government is yet to obey this order, as the deadline given has expired.
We urge the Nigerian Government to obey court order and reconsider its decision on the continuous illegal detention of Zakzaky and his disciples. We will appreciate a positive response from the government regarding this issue.
Thank you for taking time to read our letter.
Fatima Ismail Hassan
For: Concerned Nigerian Students
17th January, 2017.