Nigeria Digest #138

Nigeria Digest #138

From: Islamic Human Rights Commission

30 June 2021
Nigeria Digest #138 – Take action and write to your Foreign Minister
The court hearing to dismiss the case against Sheikh Zakzaky and Mualima Zeenah will resume on the 1st July 2021. During this week IHRC published “Nigeria Donor’s Report”

You can find all the latest actions and information and the background to the campaign, videos and audio at the Free Zakzaky campaign page.

Action Alert


The court hearing to dismiss the case against Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife resumes on 1st July, we request campaigners to write to their Foreign Minister to put pressure on the Nigerian authorities. During this week IHRC published Nigeria Donor’s report with the accounts of the distribution of the funds raised to support the persecuted members and those perceived to be members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, the figures mentioned in this report cover annual spending up to 18th February 2021. 

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.


Action Alert

IHRC requests all campaigners to write 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 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. Over five years now, the Sheikh and his wife have been kept in unlawful detention.

A High Court ruling ordering the couple’s release in 2017 has never been implemented. And since they were charged in 2018, the Zakzakys’ trial has been adjourned several times, reinforcing the view that Nigerian authorities are abusing the judicial system to keep them in prison in the hope that they will die quietly in custody. Currently hearing to dismiss the case against them resumes on 1st July, at the Kaduna High Court.

I write to ask your office to make immediate interventions with the Nigerian authorities demanding they desist. Your office must seriously consider what punitive actions you can take unilaterally and part of international organisations, if necessary, to facilitate Nigeria’s compliance with fundamental human rights standards.

I trust you will make immediate representations.

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

Recipient email addresses:

Selected names and email addresses of Ministers of Foreign Affairs can be found below. Please contact us at 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                  

Web Form



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     

Web Form


Ine Marie EriksenSøreide     

Minister of Foreign Affairs


Shah Mehmood Qureshi       

Minister of Foreign Affairs / fax: 051-9207600

South Africa                           

Lindiwe Sisulu                         

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation                              


Josep Borrell                          

Minister of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation                                            


IHRC Nigeria donor’s report and plea for further support
25 June 2021
This report provides the accounts of the distribution of the funds that IHRC has raised to support the persecuted members and those perceived to be members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. The state violence is directed towards civilians. The aid is distributed to the families of those who have been unlawfully killed by the security forces, victims of state violence who are being treated in hospitals or recovering at home, prisoners of faith and students. The aid is distributed in the form of food, Qurbani, surgery costs, medicine and student bursaries. The figures mentioned in this report cover annual spending up to 18th February 2021. Click here to read the report.

Press Release: Nigeria – Time to release Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, Mallima Zeenah
24 June 2021
As hearing to dismiss the case resumes on 1st July, campaigners and advocates reiterate their call for justice. Click here to read the press release.

Pro Zakzaky Protest in Abuja on Wednesday
23 June 2021
Pro Zakzaky protest staged in Abuja on Wednesday the 23rd of June 2021. The protesters condemned Government continued detention of Sheikh Zakzaky and wife for over 5 years.

free zakzaky in abuja wed 23rd June 2021

Pro Zakzaky Protest in Abuja
10 June 2021
Daily Free Zakzaky protest staged by the followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, demanding for his immediate and unconditional release from unlawful detention; in Banex Plaza, Wuse II district of FCT Abuja.

free zakzaky in abuja 10th June 2021

Sheikh Zakzaky’s 2000 Days in Detention: Nationwide Protests staged
03 June 2021
Protests were staged in different towns and cities on Thursday the 3rd of June 2021 condemning the continued detention of the Leader of the Islamic Movement Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and wife for their continued detention for 2000 days.

 free zakzaky in abuja on thurs 3nd June 2021
 free zakzaky in abuja on thurs 3nd June 2021


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

Nigeria: The Zaria Massacres and the Role of the Military
Published on 19 October 2014
Click on the following link to watch the IHRC Side Panel at UN Human Rights Council, 18 September 2014

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.


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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