PRESS RELEASE – Worldwide: Prayers to be held worldwide for detained Nigerian Islamic Movement leader

Sheikh-al-Zakzaky

From: Islamic Human Rights Commission

12 January 2018

PRESS RELEASE – Worldwide: Prayers to be held worldwide for detained Nigerian Islamic Movement leader

Millions of people in mosques all over the world will be praying this Friday for the health and prompt release of the detained leader of Nigeria’ Islamic Movement .

Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky suffered a stroke last weekend aggravating an already poor condition caused when he was shot during a military attack on his movement two years ago.

Supplications will be made at Friday prayers in Sunni and Shia mosques in the UK and countries all over Europe, the US, the Middle East and Africa, Pakistan, India, Indonesia and Malaysia amongst other places.

The stroke has raised existing concerns over the health of Sheikh Zakzaky who was shot during a military assault against the IMN in December 2015 in which he lost the use of an arm and one eye.

Since the attack Sheikh Zakzaky has been in the custody of Nigeria’s domestic intelligence agency (DSS), detained without charge.

The immediate requirement is for him to be assessed by specialists in order to diagnose the extent of his injuries. Sheikh Zakzaky is being held illegally by the DSS in flagrant violation of a High Court order ordering his release.

Earlier this week IHRC wrote again to the Nigerian President urging him to allow Sheikh Zakzaky to fly abroad in order to receive medical treatment.

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Notes to editors:

In March 2016 IHRC petitioned the International Criminal Court to open a preliminary inquiry into the December 2015 massacre of IMN members. The report can be found here

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