URGENT ALERT: NIGERIA – Demand urgent medical treatment for life threatening medical condition of Sheikh Zakzaky

Islamic Human Rights Commission
URGENT ALERT: NIGERIA – 04 July 2019

Background
Action Alert for Individual Campaigners
Action Alert for Organisations
Contact Details

BACKGROUND

Islamic Human Rights Commission has received reports that Sheikh Zakzaky’s health has further deteriorated and given the current life threatening medical conditions of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife, we request campaigners to make dua and demand Nigerian authorities immediately release Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife for medical treatment abroad.

In the last few days Sheikh’s health has further deteriorated. The lead levels in Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky are described as so dangerously high as to render immediate treatment a medical emergency.

An IHRC-led medical team that flew to Nigeria in April in order to examine Sheikh Zakzaky has already issued two reports saying that the specialist treatment he requires can only be fully accessed outside Nigeria.

Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, his wife Mallima Zeenah Ibrahim and hundred of members of the Islamic Movement have been illegally detained in Nigeria for more than two years since the Zaria massacres in December 2015 (details of this can be found on IHRC’s submission to the ICC here). Both the Sheikh and his wife are still injured from the shootings and violence that took place two years ago and need treatment.


ACTION REQUIRED

Campaigners are asked to demand the Nigerian authorities release Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife for urgent medical treatment abroad.

ACTION ALERT FOR INDIVIDUAL CAMPAIGNERS: Demand urgent medical treatment for Sheikh Zakzaky Campaigners are asked to write to or email the Nigeria President and the Nigerian Ambassador or High Commissioner in your country, using the model letter below.

Model letter
Please adapt the model below depending on who you are sending it to. The contact details you need are presented below the model. Please forward any response you receive to IHRC on wajahat@ihrc.org.

If you are emailing, please use the following in the subject line:
URGENT MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR SHEIKH ZAKZAKY
[Your name]
[Your address]
[Date]

[Insert name / address of
Person you are sending this to]

Dear [insert name],

I write to demand that Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Mallima Zeenah are allowed to leave the country for urgent medical treatment.

In the last few days, Sheikh Zakzaky’s health has further deteriorated. Last month doctors examining the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria have renewed pleas for him to be released in order to access medical treatment after finding high levels of lead toxicity in his body. The continued detention of both of these figures as well as hundreds of others has been a huge stain on the reputation of your government and Nigeria. By not allowing Sheikh Zakzaky and Mallima Zeenah, whose health continues to severely deteriorate as a result of injuries inflicted by your authorities, the medical treatment he needs, you are adding further evidence of your government’s inhumanity and cruelty.
I look forward to your confirmation of their release for treatment by return.

Your sincerely,
[Your signature if posting]
[Your name]

ACTION ALERT FOR ORGANISATIONS: Demand immediate release and offer to host Sheikh Zakzaky in your country for medical treatment.

Campaigning Organisations are requested to demand meeting with local Nigerian Embassy and offer to host Sheikh Zakzaky for urgent medical treatment in your country, using the model letter below.

Please share following action alert link with your contacts to encourage more people demand freedom for Sheikh Zakzaky: https://www.ihrc.org.uk/activities/alerts/12035-urgent-alert-nigeria-demand-urgent-medical-treatment-for-sheikh-zakzaky

Model letter
Please adapt the model below and forward any response you receive to IHRC on wajahat@ihrc.org.
Click on following link to find the name, address and contact details of the relevant diplomat in your country:
https://www.embassypages.com/nigeria

If you are emailing, please use the following in the subject line:
MEETING TO DISCUSS URGENT MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR SHEIKH ZAKZAKY

[Your name]
[Your address]
[Date]
His Excellency [Insert Name]
Embassy Address

Your Excellency,

We are writing to you to raise our concerns about the life threatening medical condition and continued detention of Mu’allim Ibrahim Zakzaky. In the last few days, Sheikh Zakzaky’s health has further deteriorated. Last month doctors examining the beleaguered leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria have renewed pleas for him to be released in order to access medical treatment after finding high levels of lead toxicity in his body.

I am sure you are aware that Shaykh Zakzaky’s house was demolished and he was injured and arrested by the Nigerian military on 14 December 2015, and has been held since without any charges or a trial. Shaykh Zakzaky, whose health has rapidly deteriorated, is in need of special medical attention. Since his arrest, Shaykh Zakzaky has lost his sight in one eye and the use of one arm. Shaykh Zakzaky also suffered a stroke earlier this year which has further aggravated his dire condition.

The courts ordered Shaykh Zakzaky’s release and he should have been free since 15 January 2017, unfortunately the security services have continued to detain him contrary to court order.  

Shaykh Zakzaky’s condition requires specialist medical attention and will need to go abroad to get the necessary treatment. We Name organization is happy to host Shaykh Zakzaky and his wife in Name Country and we will cover all the costs involved, including his travel, accommodation, medical expenses as well as any other expenses that may arise from the trip.

This matter has now dragged on for two years and has become a major blemish on Nigeria’s good name in the international arena. We urge you to use all your powers and influence to help bring about a swift and peaceful resolution.

We would like to request a meeting to discuss this matter further. Please provide a date and time you will be available to discuss how this matter can be resolved.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
NAME

CONTACT DETAILS

Nigerian Ambassador / High Commissioner in your country

Please find the name, address and contact details of the relevant diplomat in your country here:
https://www.embassypages.com/nigeria

Here are some Embassy / High Commission contacts that you may find useful.

Canada
Fax: +1-613-236-0529
Email: chancery@nigeriahcottawa.ca

USA
Fax: [1] (202) 362-6552
Email Link: http://www.nigeriaembassyusa.org/index.php?page=contact-us

Malaysia
Fax : +603 42524302
Email: info@nigeria.org.my, nigeriankl@yahoo.com
Head of mission: Yahaya Danjuma Faruk, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.

Indonesia
Fax: +62-21-5260924
Email: abubakarabduljalili@yahoo.com

UK
Fax: +44 20 7839 8746
email: enquiry@nigeriahighcommissionuk.com

Australia
Fax: +61-62-2865332
Email: chancery@nigeria-can.org.au

South Africa
Fax:+27-12-342-0718
Email: nhcp@iafrica.com

Turkey:
Fax: +90-312-4481082
Email: ambassador@embassynigeriatr.org

Pakistan:
Email: nigeriahc_islamabad@yahoo.com
Fax No: +92512832191
Name of the High Commissioner in Pakistan:
HE, AMB. (MAJ. GEN RTD) Ashimiyu Adebayo Olaniyi

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