Nigeria Digest #110

From: Islamic Human Rights Commission
07 March 2020
Nigeria Digest #110 (Volume 3 Issue 42)- Take Action: Write to the African Union

During this week #FreeZakzaky protests continued in Nigeria

You can find all the latest actions and information, as well as background to the campaign, information, videos, audio, and details on the Sheikh on the Free Zakzaky campaign page. The Nigeria Digest is a weekly summary of the campaign to #FreeZakzaky and all who are illegally detained, focusing on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

Action Alert

This week #FreeZakzaky protests continued and thousands of brothers and sisters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria took to the streets of Abuja, to demand immediate release of their leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife.

Please help support those injured by police brutality, and the families of those killed by the security services, by donating to the IHRC Trust Nigeria Fund here.

Above all, please remember all the oppressed in your dua.


Please send an email to the African Union and demand their intervention in this case. A model letter and contact details of the African Union are provided below. Please forward any responses you receive to IHRC at

Model email / letter
If you are emailing, please use the following in the subject line:
African Union’s Failure To Save Innocent Lives

Your name
Your address
H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat
Chair African Union Commission 
PO Box 3243 Roosevelt Street (Old Airport Area) W21K19,
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Dear H.E. Mousa Faki Mahamat,

Re: African Union’s Failure To Save Innocent Lives

Nigeria has been the subject of repeated complaints over its killings of supporters of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. The African Union’s silence on this issue is putting more innocent lives at risk. Nigerian security forces have continuously attacked various peaceful demonstrations of the Islamic movement, killing dozens of peaceful protesters, while arresting, torturing, and injuring hundreds of them. 

It is imperative that you apply pressure on the Nigerian authorities so they stop killing innocent people and immediately release the unlawfully detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Zeenah. They have been held in illegal detention for over four years.  You are doubtless aware of the details of his case. I am deeply concerned for their safety and security.

I urge your office to make it known in unconditional terms that further violations against the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, or indeed any other political or religious group will not be tolerated by the African Union.
I look forward to your speedy response outlining the actions your office will be taking.

Yours sincerely,
[Your signature if posting]

African Union’s Contact Details:
Postal Address: PO Box 3243 Roosevelt Street (Old Airport Area) W21K19 Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251 11 551 7844


#FreeZakzaky Protest in Abuja Nigeria
05 March 2020
Daily #FreeZakzaky protest staged by the followers of the Sheikh from Wuse II to Wuse Market, FCT Abuja. Demanding the immediate and unconditional release of the Sheikh.

#FreeZakzaky Protest in Abuja on Tuesday
03 March 2020
Daily #FreeZakzaky protest staged at Maitama district of FCT, Abuja; by the followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky. They protesters reiterated their demand for immediate and unconditional release of the Sheikh and his wife.

#FreeZakzaky Protest in Nigerian Capital Abuja
02 March 2020
Unrelenting daily #FreeZakzaky protest staged by the followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of the Sheikh and his wife Malama Zeenah. At AYA, Asokoro District of FCT, Abuja.


Security Forces Attacked Ashura Procession 2019 in Nigeria
Published on 10 September 2019 
Security forces attacked Ashura procession 2019 in Kaduna, Nigeria

An Appeal for Victims of Violence in Nigeria
Published on 27 May 2019
The Nigerian authorities have attacked the Islamic Movement of Nigeria leaving dozens dead. They need your help now. Support medical costs for those injured in police and army violence against the Islamic Movement. Support the families of those killed.


Click here to read the Arzu Merali’s blog on Sheikh Zakzaky “Zakzaky is not Thomas Becket; Buhari be warned” published on 22 February 2019.

Click hereto read the IHRC Press Release published on 02 July 1998 “Nigerian junta should release all political prisoners regardless of their faith”

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