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Written by freezak   
Sunday, 05 May 2019 11:24

In the aftermath of Zaria genocide executed on the orders of a foreign power by the Nigerian Army, about four years ago, we have been agitating for the release of our leader Sheikh Ibraheem Yaqoub Zakzaky and his wife so that they could attend to their deteriorating health condition properly. Instead of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to accede to our demand, it stubbornly refuses.

However, last week on the orders of a Kaduna High Court a team of foreign medical doctors was allowed to examine the couple in Kaduna.

The team has concluded after examining the couple that the ailing Sheikh would require further proper medical attention at well-equipped centres abroad. In the conclusion of their preliminary assessment of the health situation of the Sheikh and his wife, they opined that both may need to be flown abroad for proper medical attention because both still suffer significant multiple health problems.

The gross injustice and brutality meted by Buhari’s administration on this pious servant of Allah and his followers is beyond comprehension. Three of the Sheikh's youthful sons were killed by the army, his elder sister was burned alive, his house was demolished along with other landed properties, including the house of the Shaikh's beloved mother where she was buried. They also killed 1000+ of his followers, buried 347 of them in a mass grave at Mando village in Kaduna while still incarcerating hundreds in various known and unknown detention facilities across the country.

Upon all these atrocities, a Federal High Court in Abuja gave a monumental judgement in favor of restoring the fundamental human rights of our revered leader and his wife, but this government shamelessly flouted the court’s orders contemptuously.

It begs the question, What does Buhari’s government want from these series of human rights abuses against the revered Sheikh and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria? Evidently, it seems the government is hoping against hope that Sheikh Zakzaky dies in custody, but Allah in his infinite mercy has refused to let him die. May such a catastrophe never happen by the grace of Allah.

To say we are angry with the way the administration of Buhari is handling this case is an understatement. We have staged countless protests against his continued illegal detention, but all to no avail, the government is adopting a belligerent attitude to our demands.

This is not entirely surprising judging from the fact that there is hardly any national problem that this government has addressed and provided its solution. Is it the issue of rampant kidnappings going on as if there is no government in the land, or is it the near total darkness engulfing Nigerian cities and villages that this government has provided solution to, or the daily increase in the prices of everyday commodities? These and many others are clear pointers to the type of government saddled with the affairs of this nation – a government that is not responsive to the needs of its citizens.

We therefore call on well-meaning Nigerians to open their eyes and listen to our outcries as we have been vividly unfairly treated by this administration.

Hence we will not stop protesting till we are heard by the relevant authorities. People should not feel unconcerned about our plight simply because it has not reached their doorsteps, for certainly with the way this government is handling the affairs of this nation, we believe very soon the numerous problems bedeviling this country will affect every citizen of the country. Why not, when those at the helm of affairs are clueless and inept?

We hereby reiterate our determination to keep the tempo of our peaceful protest alive, just as we have come out today, demanding for the unconditional release of our leader, Sheikh Zakzaky and the numerous members of the Islamic Movement still languishing in detention centres across the country.

We will not condone any attempt to jeopardize the health of our leader in the name of illegal detention; for certainly this government will be held responsible for whatever happens to Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife.


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