|AFIMN Protests in Abuja, issued press statement|
|Wednesday, 18 January 2017 07:27|
Members of the Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (AFIMN) stated free Zakzaky Protest in Abuja on Wednesday the 17th of Jan., 2017 and issued PRESS RELEASE. The statement reads: 45 Days Gone: Why democratic government Disregards the Laws of the Land?
As the 45 days within which the Federal Government is to release the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem
It is now obvious that those in the corridors of power flout the laws of the land with impunity.
It is unfortunate that these things happen in a democratic setting that is supposed to be governed in conformity with the rule of law and good governance.
The continued detention of Sheikh Zakzaky even after the court has ordered for him to be freed is quite illegal and unconstitutional that severely infringes on and tramples upon his fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended as well as the provisions of the African charter on human rights.
The Sheikh has been unlawfully held under deteriorating health condition and gunshot wounds which he sustained during the massive onslaught to his residence in Zaria.
It could be recalled that Nigerian army attacked the Sheikh residence at Gyallesu between December 12 -14th, 2015 gunned down hundreds of his followers in cold blood, brutally killed his three  sons, callously burnt his biological sister and nephew alive, flung at least three hundred and forty seven  of them in a single mass grave, shot and fatally wounded him and his wife and took and dumped them in illegal custody. Also, in the course of the savagery, he lost an eye and now at the risk of losing the other. While he is gradually going blind and crippled in both his arm and leg, he is being denied access to his doctors nonstop. The court has clearly absolved him of any guilt or responsibility for any wrong doing. Then, what the dilly-dallying for?
In spite of the wanton violations of human rights, high-handed crackdown and enormous destructions of properties, movable and immovable, worth billions of Naira, yet the members remain peaceful. The Movement has been and is still very much non-violent for almost four decades of its existence, but, even as the IMN chooses to tread the path of litigation, the government continues to thwart, frustrate and pervert the course of justice without recourse to the oath of office.
There is indeed miscarriage of justice by its being delayed or by flouting of the laws of the land with latitude. It is said that he who comes to justice should come with clean hands but the government’s own have been soiled with the blood of defenceless, unarmed Nigerian citizens. The government that masterminds the killing of more than a thousand of its law-abiding people is far more viciously repressive than being democratic.
And this regime is becoming more brutally totalitarian.
Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (AFIMN)