Nigeria Digest 105

Nigeria Digest 105

From: Islamic Human Rights Commission
25 January 2020

Yet again Police attacked FreeZakzaky protesters in Abuja and at least five sustained gunshot wounds. People recently visited Sheikh Zakzaky in prison describe his health condition is fast deteriorating.

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

People recently visited Sheikh Zakzaky in prison describe his health condition is fast deteriorating. 
Last week irresponsible comments by Kaduna state governor about Sheikh Zakzaky prompted massive protests in Nigeria. At least five protesters sustained serious gunshot wounds as once again police attacked them with live fire.

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


Call For Prayers For Sheikh Zakzaky
23 January 2020
Family members of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H). were granted access to visit him on 23 January. The visit took place in the prison where he is being detained, and the Sheikh revealed how severe his ill-health was as a result of bullets stuck in his body.

We are calling on people to include the Sheikh and his wife Mualama Zeenah in their prayers because their health conditions are fast deteriorating. Up til now, their doctors are being denied access to them.

Thousands staged fresh nationwide protests and rallies demanding the unconditional release of Sheikh Zakzaky
18 January 2020

Thousands of supporters of leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, staged fresh protests and rallies across the country on Friday 17/01/2020.

Protesters took to the streets in several cities including Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Bauchi, Talata Mafara, Yola, Birnin Kebbi among others in the millions. They called out against the recent play by the Buhari regime, using the power of the court to accomplish its devilish task of killing the leader and his wife, having failed in the deadly attack of December 2015 on his residence.

Security forces attack free Zakzay Protest in Abuja
16 January 2020
Thousands of free Zakzaky protesters took to the streets of city center, Abuja on Tuesday the 14th of January 2020  to protest the continued illegal detention of Sheikh Zakzaky and the irresponsible comments by the Kaduna state governor, Nasiru El-Rufai, that the ailing Sheikh will never be released as long as he (El-Rufai) remains the governor. Police started shooting at protesters indiscriminately, so far five (5) protesters sustained serious gun shot injuries.


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.

Nigeria Army Attacked ArbaeenTrek 2018 
Published on 20 November 2018
Many of the followers of Sheikh Zakzaky were captured alive and tortured to death during attacks on ArbaeenTrek 2018. Watch this video clip of the Nigerian army capturing peaceful participants of Abuja ArbaeenTrek 2018.


Click here to read IHRC Press release “ICC cautioned against blaming victims in Nigeria massacre investigation”, published on 06 March 2018.

Click here to read the letter by IHRC Chair Massoud Shadjareh to the ICC regarding the preservation of Zaria massacre evidence. published on 30 November 2017.

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