By Mahdi Garba
On Tuesday 19th January, 2015 Nigerian students under the aegis of the Academic forum of the Islamic movement in Nigeria under the leadership of his eminence Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky staged a peaceful protest at the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) headquarters,
Abuja pressing for the unconditional release of Sheikh Zakzaky.
The well attended protest which lasted for over an hour has attracted protesters from different tertiary institutions around Nigeria
comprising students, lecturers and other movers and shakers of the academia. The protesters holding placards inscribed ‘Free Zakzaky Now’
‘ We demand the unconditional release of our leader’ and flex banners carrying the pictures, names, institutions and course of study of
students killed by the Nigerian military in Zaria.
Addressing journalists shortly after the protest, Mr Muhammad Bello Anyingba a lecturer at Kogi state University said the purpose of the
protest is to demand the absolute release of Sheikh Zakzaky. He further called on the Nigerian government to get the corpses of those
killed for proper Islamic burial and free those in various military detention facilities.
Responding to allegations about the video clip aired by military, he said the video was edited to justify thier inhumane acts. "American
President Barack Obama was stoned somewhere and nobody was killed. Former Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was pelted in Bauchi while canvassing for votes but nobody was killed.
The head of the commission, Prof Ben Agwe has promised to probe the Zaria massacre, inviting some members of movement on Wednesday 20th for an official address of the memorandum filed in last week.
However, in a statement signed by the Chairman of the Academic forum of the Islamic movement in Nigeria (AFIMN), Shu’aibu Isah Ahmad call on the Nigerian authorities to accept the atrocities in Zaria and compensate the families of those affected. "We call on the government to summon courage and live up to its morality and accept its crime by paying diyyah (compensation) to all affected families and relations" the statement said.