Alert: Write to your Foreign Minister to put pressure on the Nigerian authorities

Sheikh Zakzaky


Action required

Model email

Recipient addresses


On 24th February, Sheikh Zakzaky and Mualima Zeenah had a court hearing in the Kaduna State Court which has been adjourned to 23-24 April. The Judge expressed his dissatisfaction at how the case is been handled. He said there was no way to deny medical attention to a defendant.

It has been four years now that the Sheikh and his wife have remained in illegal detention. The federal high court of Nigeria which is the highest court in Nigeria has ordered his release stating that his detention is unconstitutional and compensation must be paid. Thus making their continued detention both illegal and immoral.

Granting access to their doctors is not enough, we demand the Nigerian authorities release both the Sheikh and his wife immediately and pay the compensations.

The FreeZakzaky campaign demands the immediate release of Sheikh and Mallima and all those detained after the Zaria Massacre of 2015. For more information and further action alerts visit the campaign page.

Action required

IHRC requests all campaigners to write a letter to the Foreign Minister of their country to demand the Nigerian authorities release Sheikh and Mallima immediately and ensure the malicious prosecution of all the members of the Islamic Movement ceases immediately.

A model email / letter is also provided should you wish to use it and emails for key countries.  Please keep all correspondence polite.

Model Email

Subject:  Urgent – Release Sheikh Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah immediately

Dear [Insert Foreign Minister’s name],

I am writing to inform you about the continued illegal detention of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah. It has been four years now that the Sheikh and his wife have been kept in illegal detention.

Their continued detention cannot be justified by any means and should this lead to their deaths, the Nigerian authorities will be held responsible for this complete travesty.

I demand the Nigerian authorities end this episode with the immediate and unconditional release of both the Sheikh and Muallima. I await your urgent confirmation that they will be released immediately.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

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Selected names and email addresses of Ministers of Foreign Affairs can be found below. Please contact us if you have trouble finding the details of your country’s Minister.

United Kingdom                     

Dominic Raab                      

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs                 



Minister of Foreign Affairs


Senator Marise Payne          

Minister for Foreign Affairs


HE Mr. AK Abdul Momen, MP                                                                   

Foreign Minister           


Diego Pary                            

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Bosnia and Herzegovina        

Igor Crnadak                        

Minister of Foreign Affairs


The Hon. Chrystia Freeland  

Minister of Foreign Affairs



Minister for Foreign Affairs


Jean-Yves Le Drian                

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development                  

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Minister of External Affairs



Minister of Foreign Affairs


H.E. Mohammad Javad Zarif                                                                      

Minister of Foreign Affairs


Simon Coveney                     

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade                                                

Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith                                                                   

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade                                     


The Hon. Dato’ Saifuddin bin Abdullah              

Minister of Foreign Affairs /

The Netherlands                    

Stef Blok                                 

Minister of Foreign Affairs     

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Ine Marie EriksenSøreide     

Minister of Foreign Affairs


Shah Mehmood Qureshi       

Minister of Foreign Affairs / fax: 051-9207600

South Africa                           


Minister of International Relations and Cooperation                              



Minister of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation