Shiites In Kaduna Protest Over El-Zakzaky’s Prolonged Detention
Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) on Saturday embarked on a mass protest in Kaduna State over the continued detention of their leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, his wife and other members of the movement.
The group, comprising of women, youths and children, gathered at the popular Leventis roundabout in the state capital, demanding for the unconditional release of their leader and other members.
Chanting songs and blocking major roads, the Shiites feared that the health condition of Zakzaky is deteriorating due to gunshot wounds he sustained.
They vow never to rest until their leader and others are freed.
The protest, which has become a regular activity among members of the Islamic group in Kaduna and other states in the north, led to serious traffic gridlock along Ahmadu Bello Way, and other surrounding streets with motorists diverting to other routes.
The Shiite members, who were accompanied by the police to avoid any clash and breach of law, also observed their prayers at the venue.
El-Zakzaky, his wife and several members of the movement have been detained since December 2015 after the group clashed with the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The group protest comes despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s assurance to international and local human rights groups of appropriate response to the report of the judicial inquiry into the clash between soldiers and members of the Shiite movement.
President Buhari had in August said that he was studying the details of the report before announcing appropriate response in due course.
He said that his commitment to human rights remained unchanged because “it is a cardinal component of the democratic order”.