Nigeria Digest #77

Nigeria Digest #77

Islamic Human Rights Commission
NIGERIA DIGEST 10 March 2019 (Volume 3 Issue 09)

Action Alert


Below please find an update on the continuous Free Zakzaky protests. This week thousands of #FreeZakzaky protesters demonstrated in front of US embassy in Abuja.

Click here to watch the weekly message from IHRC chair Masoud Shadjerah about our fundraising and campaigning for the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. 

We request campaigners keep the pressure on the African Union by writing emails/letters, demanding the immediate release of the Sheikh and all those unjustly imprisoned. Please forward any responses you receive to us on and keep the pressure up by continuing to send follow-ups. A model letter is provided below in the Action Alert.

To find out more about the Zaria massacre of 2015, read IHRC’s submission to the International Criminal Court here

To find out how you can help further, please visit the IHRC FreeZakzaky campaign page here

Free Zakzaky!


1. Click here to learn the five things you can do to support the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. You can donate to support the medical expenses of those recently injured by clicking here

2. 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 act on human rights abuses in Nigeria

Your name
Your address

African Union Chairperson
President Paul Kagame
Roosevelt Street (Old Airport Area), W21K19,
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Dear President Kagame,

Re: African Union’s failure to act on human rights abuses in Nigeria Nigeria has been the subject of repeated complaints over its killings of supporters of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria from 2015 onwards and the arrest and prosecution of its leader Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, his wife Zeenah and other members.

Nigerian authorities are currently trying Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife along with two other members of the Islamic Movement on trumped up charges relating to events surrounding the massacre in December 2015 by the Nigerian military of over 1000 followers of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.  This case has only been made after the federal court ruled in late 2016 (a year after their detention) that Sheikh Zakzaky’s detention and that of his wife Zeenah was unlawful and unconstitutional and ordered the government to release them by January 16, 2017 and pay compensation. That order was never implemented and the charges were brought against the couple in 2018.
It is imperative that you apply pressure on the Nigerian authorities so that they stop killing innocent people and adhere to the High Court judgment of December 2016, and release Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife immediately.

I look forward to hearing from you,
Yours sincerely,

African Union Contact Details:
Postal Address: P.O. Box 3243, Roosevelt Street, W21K19 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: (251) 11 551 77 00 | Fax:(251) 11 551 78 44


Free Zakzaky Protest at US Embassy, Abuja
07 March 2019
Free Zakzaky protest in Abuja at the US Embassy, Abuja on Thursday the 7th of March 2019.

Marking Az-Zahra (SA) Birth Commemoration in Lafia
07 March 2019

Followers of Sheikh Zakzaky marked the Birth of Sayyidah Fatimah Az-Zahra s.a with matching parade in Lafia, Nasarawa state on Thursday the 7th of March 2019. Participants reiterated call to Free their illegally detained leader Sheikh Zakzaky, his wife and other members of Islamic movement.

Free Zakzaky in Abuja on Tuesday 
05 March 2019
Thousands staged free Zakzaky protest while marking the birth commemoration of Sayyidah Fatima Az-Zahra (salamullah Alaiha) on Tuesday the 5th of March 2019.

Az-Zahra (SA) Week in Abuja: Dr Maimuna Delivers lecture
04 March 2019
In the continuation of programmes marking the birth commemoration of Sayyidah Fatima Az-Zahra (salamul Lah alaiha), today’s lecture was delivered by Dr Maimuna Husaini of Bayero Uinversity Kano on Family System in Islam in a series of lectures organised tagged Zahra Week which started on Saturday the 2nd of March 2019.


Appeal to Help Recent Nigeria Massacre Victims
01 November 2018 – IHRC Weekly
The Nigerian authorities have attacked the Islamic Movement of Nigeria leaving dozens dead. They need your help now.

Leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria Remains in Custody Despite Poor Health
22 February 2019 Press tv
Watch a short clip of News Reviews with Arzu Merali of Islamic Human Rights Commission and Abayomi Azikewi, editor Pan African News Wire.


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.

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