Members of the Islamic movement of Nigeria on Tuesday took to the streets of Abuja in a peaceful protest for the release of their leader.
Hundreds of Shi’ites members including women and children were seen on the streets of Abuja protesting and demanding the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who is being held in state’s custody since 2015.
The protesters were seen by Hitvibz on the streets with placards with words such as: “Free Shaikh Ibrahim Zakzaky,” “Shaikh Zakzaky must be released” among others as they moved from the Transcrop Hillton axis of maitata to Wuse market. Apart from having placards, the protesters came with drums, trumpets and also performed some dances that from all indications come across as well choreographed and rehearsed.
The group had this procession to mark the 68th birthday of El-Zakyzaky and 1,224 days of his detention. Zakzaky after being held for more than two years in custody was charged with in April last year in relation to the 2015 violence. Nigerian authorities ignored a court ruling during the period before he was charged that the leader be released -this sparked protests from his followers.
However the Tuesday protest was very peaceful although the protesters had clashed with the Nigeria Police last year when the security forces tried to disrupt their protest.
The question is, how long will their leader be held and denied bail? Is it not an act against one of our basic fundamental human rights?