Zakzaky: Massive Protest in Northern Cities for the release of Shiite leader.
Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (Shiites) across several cities in the country, at the weekend staged coordinated massive protests, demanding for the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky from detention.
The Islamic group members are said to have embarked on the protest following the recent disclosure by lawyers of the IMN, that Sheikh Zakzaky has lost an eye and he is in need of medical attention together with his wife, Zeenat Ibrahim, who are both in detention.
A statement by Ibrahim Musa, Spokesman for the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), accompanied by photographs, showed that protests were held in Kano, where thousands of men and women, the young and old matched through the major streets of the city, calling on the federal government of Muhammadu Buhari to release Sheikh Zakzaky who has in detention for the past four months now.
Continuing the statement said, “It was the same story in Azare, Bauchi state, where early in the morning members of the Islamic movement matched through the town carrying placards mostly emboldened with ‘FREE ZAKZAKY’
“In Jos, Plateau state, the protest ended peacefully as youths marched through the streets reminding the public how brutal the massacre carried out by the military in Zaria, Kaduna state was”.
“Reports from Bauchi, also said there was a large turnout of people demanding the release of Sheikh Zakzaky from incarceration since no charge has been brought against him”.
“Gombe town was not left out in the protest. Men, women and children staged a peaceful protest also calling on the government to release Sheikh Zakzaky”.
“Similar protests were held today in Kaduna, Sokoto, Gusau and Birnin Kebbi”.
The statement pointed out that the “The protest are coming on the heels of the recent disclosure by lawyers of the IMN, that Sheikh Zakzaky has lost an eye and he is in need of medical attention together with his wife, Sister Zeenat Ibrahim, who is with him in detention.”