Nigeria Digest #121

Nigeria Digest #121

From: Islamic Human Rights Commission
10 June 2020
Nigeria Digest #121 (Volume 3 issue 53) – Take Action write to the Commonwealth

#FreeZakzaky protesters back on streets as Covid-19 lockdown eased in Nigeria
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

We are continuing to ask people to write to the Commonwealth and demand their intervention in the case. During this week, #FreeZakzaky protesters were back on the streets of the Nigerian capital Abuja as the government eased the Covid-19 lockdown. Followers of El-Zakzak, also organised protests to condemn the murder of George Floyd, systemic racism and police brutality in the US. Also 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 Commonwealth and demand its intervention in this case. A model email and contact details of the Commonwealth 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 to Zakzakys amid Covid-19 crisis

Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC
Commonwealth Secretariat
Marlborough House
Pall Mall
Re: Commonwealth’s Failure To Save Innocent Lives amid Covid-19 crisis
Dear Baroness Scotland QC,
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 is 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, both of whom have underlying health conditions, but for all prisoners wherever possible for the sake of justice and also for the sake of Nigerian society as a whole.
[Your name]  

Commonwealth’s Contact Details:
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7747 6500
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7930 0827


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

#FreeZakzaky Protesters Back On Streets As Covid-19 Lockdown Eased
02 June 2020
#FreeZakzaky protesters back on the streets of Abuja, after #COVID19 lockdown eased by Nigerian government. Demanding for immediate and unconditional release of the Sheikh and his wife Malama Zeenah. See pictures below.

Followers of El-Zakzaky Condemn Systematic Racism in USA
02 June 2020
Followers of El-Zakzaky rallied to condemn the murder of George Floyd in USA by its security forces. Police Officer pressed his knee over the neck as George could not breathe. George kept saying “ I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe until he gave up”. This form of oppression is just one of its kinds by American security forces and in most cases such oppression is based on racism and social difference. See pictures below.

COVID-19: Nigerian soldiers allegedly flog food seller to death
07 June 2020
Nigerian soldiers allegedly flogged an elderly woman, a food seller, to death recently in Nasarawa state, North-Central Nigeria, for allegedly violating the lockdown order in the state, according to a report by a non-government organisation. The report was released by CLEEN Foundation on June 1.


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

Find a selection below.


April 1998: Zeenah Ibrahim, wife of Mu’allim Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky and six of her children aged between 17 months and 11 years of age were charged with inciting hatred of Nigerian government and insulting President of the military junta, Click Here to read the details.

July 1998: IHRC called on Nigerian regime of General Abubakr Salamu to release Mu’allim Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky, the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic opposition, and all political prisoners from the Muslim Brotherhood, Click Here to read the details.

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