Five things to know and do: The Islamic Movement of Nigeria


From: Islamic Human Rights Commission

Five things to know and do: The Islamic Movement of Nigeria

As the attacks on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria intensify, with dozens killed and more injured in the last few days by the army, IHRC asks campaigners and concerned onlookers to find out more and take relevant action as outlined below.

IHRC has been working on the persecution of the Islamic Movement since we started out in 1997.  Some of our founders were working on this issue for much longer.

If you want to volunteer more of your time to support this particular cause please get in touch with us. Please email nadia[AT]

Things you can do:

  1. IHRC Trust is raising funds to be sent for immediate aid to those injured by the shooting and other attacks on those taking part in the Arbaeen trek in Nigeria, and those protesting the incarceration of Mu’allim Zakzaky and his wife.

You can donate to support the medical expenses of those injured in the last few days by clicking here.

Please share this video to help with fundraising for this urgent cause.  Please contact the office on +44 20 8904 4222 or email nadia[AT] for a WhatsApp / Messenger / Telegram version to be sent to you.

  1. Write to the Embassy of Nigeria / Nigerian High Commission in your country demanding that they immediately cease the killings and attacks and release Mu’allim Zakzaky, Mallima Zeenah and all detainees. A model letter is pasted at the end of this alert, as well as a link to the addresses of embassies / high commissions in your country.*
  2. Please DO share information from reputable and reliable sources. Please see the links below. Please find out about the context and details of the oppression of the Islamic Movement in the current context by reading IHRC’s report to the International Criminal Court. Find out more about the nature of the movement including its non-sectarian make-up and aims from Nusaibah El-Zakzaky  Find all the latest news on the IHRC website here.

Please DO NOT share images or news stories without verification.  There are many fake images and stories being shared.  This undermines the veracity of the cause.

  1. Share these videos to raise awareness of the long-term issues:


IHRC WEEKLY MESSAGE: Sheikh Zakzaky & Nigeria (approx. 3 mins), March 2018

Message from a Nigerian Christian (approx. 1 min) September 2018

United Nations Side Panel: Human Rights in Nigeria (approx. 48 mins)

Nigeria:  The Zaria Massacres and the Role of the Military (approx. 1 hr, 5 mins) October, 2014

The Zaria Massacre (approx. 23 mins) December 2015

  1. Join the IHRC mailing list dealing specifically on issues relating to the Islamic Moevement of Nigeria by clicking here


IHRC is working on a number of long-term initiatives. Please help build support for long-term justice for the Islamic Movement in Nigeria by doing some of the above.


* Model letter to the Nigeria High Commission / Embassy of Nigeria in your country. Please find details of the embassy / high commission in your country here:

Your name
Your address


Name of Ambassador / High Commission
Name and address of Embassy / High Commission

Your Excellency,

Re: Sustained attacks by the army and security forces on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria

I write urgently and with deep concern regarding the ongoing killings and injuring of peaceful protestors and participants in the Arbaeen trek to Abuja.  As you are aware fatalities number in the dozens and the unjured are many more.

This is a shameful state of affairs for any country, and I urge you to ensure that the perpetrators are immediately arrested and brought to justice.  It is clear to the outside world that the Nigerian government either is in collusion with its security agencies and army and wants these killings, maiming, unlawful detentions and more undertaken OR it is a powerless bystander as undemocratic forces take control of the country.  In either case urgent action is required, and if the Nigerian government is not prepared to do the right thing, campaigners will have to demand that international organisation place immediate and appropriate sanctions upon Nigerian elites until such a time as law, order and justice are restored.

Yours sincerely,

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Your name


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Holy Qur’an: Chapter 4, Verse 75

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