By Abdulmumin Giwa
Following a nationwide program, the Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, AFIMN has staged a peaceful rally in Kaduna calling for the release of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.
Addressing newsmen at the rally, Aisha Yunus described the continued arrest of the leader of the movement as illegal and a violation of his fundamental human rights.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Army launched an attack on the Islamic movement in Zaria on 12th to 14th of December last year in which several members of the movement were killed and several others abducted by the Army.
The Human Rights Watch, HRW said over three hundred members of the movement were killed in the pogrom which it described as excessive use of strength by the military.
The leader of the Movement Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, who was shot severally during the attack, was also abducted and detained by the military and his house and Islamic centers razed to the ground.
The rally took place at the Leventis Roundabout in Kaduna metropolis at about 12:00 pm today where students from various institutions, who are also members of the movement raised posters with pictures of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and the inscription “Free Zakzaky”.
Aisha added that there are hundreds of students that have been missing since the Zaria pogrom that are either killed and buried in mass graves by the Nigerian Army or are lavishing in illegal detention across the country.
She called for their immediate and unconditional release and reinstatement of their fundamental human rights.
The AFIMN in a press statement signed by Abdullahi Ibrahim, one of the organizers of the rally called for the release of the leader of the Movement Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, his wife, Zeenat Ibrahim and other members of the movement.
They also called on the government to hand over the corpses of the members to the movement for a befitting burial according to Islamic rights.
Just as the Forum was concluding the rally, the presence of security personnel was noticed although there was no tension as a result.