Nigeria Digest #130

Nigeria Digest #130 (Volume 4 issue 1) – Take Action and write to your country’s Nigerian ambassador and copy in the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife’s health further deteriorated.

You can find all the latest actions and information, as well as the background to the campaign and information, videos and audio and details on the Sheikh on the Free Zakzaky campaign page.

Introduction
Action Alert
Articles
Videos
Archive

Introduction
We are urging campaigners to write to their country’s Nigerian ambassador and copy in the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. During this week academic forum of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria raised fresh concerns over the health condition of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife Malama Zeenah Ibraheem, which it said is seriously deteriorating. 

Please help to support the urgent medical costs of those injured, and the families of those affected by the ongoing violence, by donating to the IHRC Trust Nigeria Fund here

Above all, please remember all the oppressed in your prayers
#FreeZakzaky!

Action Alert 

IHRC are calling upon campaigners to write to their country’s Nigerian ambassador / High Commissioner and copy in the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, demanding the Nigerian authorities order the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky and other political prisoners immediately. A model letter is provided. Please forward any responses you receive to IHRC at wajahat@ihrc.org

Model email

Dear [Insert Ambassador / High Commissioner’s name],

I am shocked to find out that the Nigerian president’s amnesty on 9 April to 2500 prisoners did not include Sheikh El-Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah, and indeed other political prisoners. The Sheikh and his wife are both aged over 60 and are suffering from severe health conditions. During this week, based on the new information, an academic forum of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria raised concerns about the further deteriorating health condition of Sheikh Zakaky and his wife.

Sheikh El-Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah continue to be held in illegal detention despite a 2016 Federal High Court ruling that their detention is unlawful and unconstitutional. I urge your government to release Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzaky, his wife Muallima Zeenah and other political prisoners immediately. Their continued illegal detention in Kaduna State prison poses a high risk to their health, especially in the current COVID19 outbreak.

This is a policy that needs to be implemented quickly in Nigeria not just for the Sheikh and his wife, who both have underlying health conditions, but for all political prisoners wherever possible for the sake of justice and also the sake of Nigerian society as a whole.
[Your name]

Recipient Addresses

Click on the following link to find the name, address and contact details of the relevant diplomat in your country:
https://www.embassypages.com/nigeria

Selected names and email addresses of Ambassadors / High Commissioners can be found below.  Please contact us info@ihrc.org if you have trouble finding the details of your country.

Please remember to also cc/ in Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: wgad@ohchr.org

UK:  Mr Olukunle A. Bamgbose, Acting High Commissioner, information@nigeriahc.org.ukchancery@nigeriahc.org

France: Mr Hakeem O. Sulaiman , Ambassador, embassy@nigeriafrance.com
 
Malaysia: Nurudeen Muhammed , Chargé d’Affaires, info@nigeria.org.my / nigeriankl@yahoo.com
 
Turkey: Mr Ahmed Abdulhamid, Ambassador, embassynigeriaturkey@gmail.com
 
Iran: Mr Hamzat Ibrahim, Ambassador, ngrembtehran@yahoo.com / info@nigeriaembassyiran.com
 
India: Mr Sola Enikanolaye , High Commissioner, nigeria.new-delhi@foreignaffairs.gov.ng
nhcnder@vsnl.in 
 
Sweden: Mrs Jane Ada Ndem, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.info@nigerianembassy.nu


Note: Due to the COVID19 outbreak, we do not advise sending letters by post

Articles

The Health Condition of Sheikh Zakzaky and His Wife is Deteriorating
12 September 2020
The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has raised fresh concerns over the health condition of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife Malama Zeenah Ibraheem, which it said is seriously deteriorating. Click here for further details.

Thousands participate in a huge procession in Kano, Shinkafi, to condemn the desecration of the sanctity of the Prophet by Charlie Hebdo
11 September 2020
Thousands of faithful followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky in the cities of Kano and Shinkafi of Zamfara state have taken to the streets of the cities today Friday 11/9/2020, to vehemently condemn France and Charlie Hebdo magazine over the recent deliberate blaspheme on the sanctity of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWW). Click here for details.

 blasphemy against the prophet condemned in nigeria  11th sept 2020
 blasphemy against the prophet condemned in nigeria  11th sept 2020
 blasphemy against the prophet condemned in nigeria  11th sept 2020

Fatal Arrogance: A Film undergoing production to Defame Sheikh Zakzaky and His followers
10 September 2020
After the Zaria Massacre, the Buhari gang launched massive campaigns of calumny and character assassination against Sheikh Zakzaky, the Movement and Shiah Islam in various ways. This week a film called FATAL ARROGANCE is being produced and filmed to achieve this campaign of calumny against Sheikh Zakzaky.  Sept 2020.

Free Zakzaky Protest Staged in Abuja on Wednesday
09 September 2019
Massive Free Sheikh Zakzaky Protest staged in Abuja today Wednesday the 9th of September 2020. The protest kicked from Area 3 Garki calling for the freedom of Sheikh Zakzaky who spent nearly five years in illegal detention.

free zakzaky staged on wed 9 sept 2020 in abuja
free zakzaky staged on wed 9 sept 2020 in abuja

How the Nigerian Police (SARS) Tortured Us in Abuja – Sister Hauwa’u
09 September 2020
Citizen Hauwa’u is a member of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the leadership of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky. She was arrested by the Nigerian police last year while she participated in a #FreeZakzaky protest in Abuja. She spent more than one year in the dilapidated Suleja prison before been granted bail by a court last two weeks. Click here to read further details.

sister hauwa granted bail andwelcomed in kode on 4th sept 2020

Videos

Find more videos from recent weeks as well as the archives on the Free Zakzaky audio and video page.
Find a selection below.

Massoud Shadjareh on El-Zakzaky return to Nigeria, 16 August 2019
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.

Archive

April 1998: Zeenah Ibrahim, wife of Mu’allim Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky and six of her children aged between 17 months and 11 years of age were charged with inciting hatred of Nigerian government and insulting President of the military junta, Click Here to read the details.

December 2015: We are not the Shia Movement of Nigeria; we are the Islamic Movement of Nigeria,  Click here to read the Statement from Nusaibah El Zakzaky, published on 21 December 2015.

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The Nigeria Digest is a weekly summary of the campaign to free all who are illegally detained focusing on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. The opinions expressed in the digest do not necessarily reflect the views of IHRC.