Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria stormed several northern cities on Saturday in coordinated protests to demand the unconditional release of detained leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, who is believed to have lost an eye in detention and is in need of medical attention.
In Kano, thousands of men and women, the young and old marched through the major streets of the city, calling on the federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari to release Sheikh Zakzaky who has been in detention for the past four months.
Protests for Zakzaky in Nigeria
Similar protests held in Azare, Bauchi state, where early in the morning members of the Islamic movement marched through the town carrying placards mostly emboldened with ‘FREE ZAKZAKY’
In Jos, Plateau state, the protest ended peacefully as youths marched through the streets reminding the public how brutal was the massacre carried out by the military in Zaria, Kaduna state.
“Reports from Bauchi, also said there was a large turnout of people demanding the release of Sheikh Zakzaky from incarceration since no charge has been brought against him.
Gombe town was not left out in the protest. Men, women and children staged a peaceful protest also calling on the government to release Sheikh Zakzaky,” the group said in a statement.
The sect’s spokesman said similar protest were held in Kaduna, Sokoto, Gusau and Birnin Kebbi.
The protest are coming on the heels of the recent disclosure by lawyers of the IMN, that Sheikh Zakzaky has lost an eye and he is in need of medical attention together with his wife, Sister Zeenat Ibrahim, who is with him in detention.