A group within the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), the Save Zakzaky’s Life Group (SZLG), yesterday in Abuja protested against the continuous detention of the leader of the movement, Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky and demanded his immediate and unconditional release.
The Kaduna State government last Friday issued an order declaring the IMN an unlawful society, saying the action was to preserve peace and security in the state, and to ensure that all persons and organisations are guided by lawful conduct and allegiance to the Nigerian constitution.
The protesters, mostly youth, including females, held a procession at the Federal Secretariat, Eagle Square and National Assembly and were closely monitored by the police and Civil Defence Corps.
They carried placards with various inscriptions and chanted solidarity songs condemning the treatment meted to Shiite members. They also demanded the prosecution of individuals who they said killed their members in Zaria, Kaduna State.
A spokesman of the protesters, Bashir Mafara, said they would continue to sit at the entrance of the National Assembly and engage in peaceful protests till their leader and others in detention were released.
“The government said our leader is guilty without charging him to court, yet they continue to hold him in detention for over nine months now, claiming it was to protect him. This excuse is untenable even in the face of his deteriorating health. We demand his immediate and unconditional release as well as our innocent members in detention,” Mafara said.