Stop deceiving the Nigerians and free Sheikh Zakzaky

The best way to describe the Nigerian Government’s response, which dismisses orders from a competent tribunal of good reputation in Nigeria, would never be better than cowardice and hypocrisy.

It is shocking to have to listen to the government of Nigeria, to respond on a topic of public interest using anonymity, hiding the identity of the person who spoke on their behalf. Definitely, something is so wrong somewhere.

How could a responsible government spend a year defending its wrong actions before a competent court, finally losing, and then leaving with another excuse to justify its challenge to the court order?

It is disconcerting to hear the Nigerian government claim that the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) can not be released from detention because of a public interest issue and security concerns, adding that his wife is not detained, but simply he stays with his husband’s company, where he is detained.

Definitely this position on the part of the Nigerian Government is a national shame, judging by the spectators, analysts and public commentators, observing from inside and outside of Nigeria, as well as by human rights organizations that have carried out a deep and independent investigation on all the incidents and have published public reports.

What are the public interests and what are the security concerns that constitutionally justify the violation of judicial orders by a democratically elected government?

First, the leader of the IMN, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, was attacked by the Nigerian Army in a terrorist manner, shooting him several times, three of his biological children were killed at gunpoint, his older sister, his nephew, and another people who were in his house were burned alive, his Islamic Center or Husainiya was bombed, more than 1,000 of his followers summarily killed and buried in mass graves, and he and his wife kidnapped and illegally detained.

We demand the resumption of the judicial case for the fulfillment of the fundamental rights of the cleric.

By: Abdulmumin Giwa