URGENT ALERT: NIGERIA – Demand urgent medical treatment for Sheikh Zakzaky



Action Required

Model Letter



The Sheikh has suffered a suspected stroke, and his condition is deteriorating.  Please make dua for him (updated 08 Jan 2018).

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.

In the last few days, Sheikh Zakzaky’s health has deteriorated, and he has been given access to his own doctor who suspect he has had a stroke.

Action Required

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

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.

Please forward any response you receive to IHRC on info@ihrc.org.

Model letter

Please adapt the model below depending on who you are sending it to. The addresses and salutations you need are presented below the model. Please forward any response you receive to IHRC on info@ihrc.org.

If you are emailing, please use the following in the subject line:


[Your name]

[Your address]


[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.

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]

Addresses and salutations

(i) President Muhammadu Buhari

H.E. President Muhammadu Buhari

President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Office of the President

Aso Rock, Abuja


You can submit an email by this form but this page often does not work:


(ii) Nigerian Ambassador / High Commissioner in your country

Please find the name, address and contact details of the relevant diplomat in your country here: