Chris Steven, Abuja
Members of the embattled Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) on Thursday staged a protest in Abuja, the nation’s capital demanding the release of their spiritual leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.
The protesters who matched to the National Assembly asked the leadership of the Senate to intervene in the continued detention of their leader.
Carrying placards with different inscriptions, the Shiites called on President Muhammadu Buhari to release Zakzaky, and other detained members of the sect.
National Secretary Academic Forum of IMN Abdullahi Muhammad Musa, who led the protest, lamented that Zakzaky has been in detention since December 2015 after soldiers raided his residence.
“We want to hear from the National Assembly, our leader was shot, by the Nigeria Military, they killed three of his son, and his elder sister burnt alive.
The last time we heard from the national assembly, they told us they have constituted a committee on the matter and they gave the committee mandate of two week, today it’s almost a year. It’s the third time we are coming here after summiting various documents to the Senate.
“According to the government is innocent, they have refused to charge him to court, everybody and the international community is watching them.” He said