Nigeria Digest #120

Nigeria Digest #120

Islamic Human Rights Commission
Nigeria Digest #120 (Volume 3 issue 52) – Take Action write to the African Union

Islamic Movement of Nigeria celebrated Eid with renewed calls of #FreeZakzaky
You can find all the latest actions and information, as well as background to the campaign and information, videos and audio and details on the Sheikh on the Free Zakzaky campaign page.

Action Alert

This week we are continuing to ask people to write to the African Union and demand their intervention in the case. Despite attacks and continuous crackdown on Islamic Movement of Nigeria, followers of Sheikh Zakzaky delivered food necessities to the needy during the holy month of Ramadan and celebrated Eid with renewed calls of immediate release of the Zakzakys. Find details of how to campaign below. 
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 prayers

Action Alert 
Please send an email to the African Union and demand its intervention in this case. A model email and contact details of the African Union are provided below. Please forward any responses you receive to IHRC at

Model email
If you are emailing, please use the following in the subject line:
Outrage over denial of amnesty for Zakzaky’s amid Covid-19 crisis

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat
Chair African Union Commission 
PO Box 3243 Roosevelt Street (Old Airport Area) W21K19,
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Re: African Union’s Failure To Save Innocent Lives amid Covid-19

Dear H.E. Mousa Faki Mahamat,
I am shocked to find that the Nigerian president’s amnesty on 9 April to 2500 prisoners did not include Sheikh El-Zakzaky and his wife Muallima Zeenah and indeed other political and relevant prisoners.

Sheikh El-Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah continue to be held in illegal detention despite a 2016 federal high court ruling that their detention was unlawful and unconstitutional. I am writing to you to urge the Nigerian government to release Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah immediately. Their continued illegal detention in Kaduna State prison poses a high risk to their health especially in the current Coronavirus climate.

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 prisoners wherever possible for the sake of justice in these cases but also for the sake of Nigerian society as a whole.

[Your name]

African Union’s Contact Details:
Postal Address: PO Box 3243 Roosevelt Street (Old Airport Area) W21K19 Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251 11 551 7844


Find all the articles selected this week on our website.  Here are a selected few.

Followers Of Sheikh Zakzaky Visited Renowned Kaduna Scholar To Strengthen Unity
27 May 2020
It was on the first day of lockdown-free days as the imposed law on restriction of movement was further relaxed in Kaduna, members of Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Marabar Jos wing, Kaduna, paid a Sallah visit to one of the renowned Sunni Scholars in Kaduna Sheikh Yusuf Sambo Rigachikun.

The visit was on Wednesday 27/5/2020 in his residence located at Rigachikun, Kaduna to Zaria road, Kaduna. The disciples of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky made the visit with a view to strenghthening the bond of Islamic brotherhood.

They were warmly recieved by the Scholar and he expressed appreciation for the visit.

Commenting on the gesture, Sheikh Yusuf Rigachikun lamented over how unity today among the Muslim became a hard nut to crack. He further explained that, the hard stuations Muslims found themselves today is enough for every body to cast aside our divisions in creed and come together for a one and strong Muslim society.

Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky on bandits attacks (2015).
“If there is any such group which is carrying out these (terrorist) acts, then where is it? They are all affiliated to the government and no one knows how they’re operating freely.”

Renewed Calls On Eid To #FreeZakzaky
24 May 2020
Followers of Sheikh Zakzaky renewed calls to immediately release illegally detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria


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

Find a selection below.


Click here to read IHRC PRESS RELEASE – Nigeria: Evidence emerges of mass burials after Arbaeen massacre, published on 24 November 2016

Click here to read A Letter by IHRC Chair Massoud Shadjareh to President Buhari regarding possible attacks on Arbaeen processions in Nigeria, the letter was sent on 08 November 2016.

Follow the IHRC #FreeZakzaky campaign for all the latest action alerts, press releases, reports, background, videos and more.

The Nigeria Digest is a weekly summary of the campaign to free all who are illegally detained focusing on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

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