By Abdulmumin Giwa
Members of the Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, AFIMN, have staged a protest march in Abuja on Friday calling for immediate and unconditional release of SheIkh Ibraheem Zakzaky.
The forum made up of students and university lecturers under the leadership of the detained Sheikh have earlier submitted their demands to the upper and lower houses calling for the Sheikh’s release.
Staging a rally at the gate of the National Assembly, AFIMN was received by a staff of the Assembly who asked whether they have submitted any letter to the assembly and they confirmed to him that they have and even gave him copies as well.
He then explained that the members of the assembly have all left and that their message shall be conveyed to them for onward action.
The rally is part of the week long activities of the Forum’s annual Imam’s Week commemorated to celebrate the birth of the late leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran Ayatullahi Ruhullah Khumaini.
Members of the forum raised posters of fellow students killed by the Nigerian Army when they attacked a flag hoisting event organized by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN in Zaria in December last year.
“Not less than 67 undergraduates and postgraduates were killed in the 48 hour extra-judicial killing embarked upon by the Army in Zaria when it attacked the IMN on 12th to 14th of December 2016” said an official of the AFIMN.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian government has faced global condemnations for the incessant killings of the IMN members by the Army which forced the Nigeria government to confess burying 347 corpses of the over 850 declared missing by the movement.
The Amnesty International released video footages of mass grave and called on the Nigerian government to come clean having committed a serious crime against humanity.
Earlier, the Human Rights Watch had condemned the government for killing unarmed civilians while the Islamic Human Right Commission of London has taken the case before the International Criminal Court ICC in The Hague with Nigerian officials charged for crime against humanity.