By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
The unjust imprisonment of Nigeria’s senior-most Islamic leader has exceeded two thousand days and still there is no sign of his release despite the fact that the Federal Court has long given orders for his freedom and that of his wife.
Last Friday on June 3, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife Zeenah completed 2,000 days of illegal detention without trial, but his nemesis, President Mohamadu Buhari, who is in clear violation of the Apex Court’s verdict, refuses to release the couple.
The Nigerian head of state has not given any reason for his continued refusal, neither does he say anything openly about what seems to be his personal enmity with the revered Sheikh, nor is he willing to listen to the countless voices, both at home and abroad, calling for freedom of the hapless couple whose children were gunned down to death before their eyes in mid-December 2015 in Zaria by the Nigerian army.
For Nigerians and for the world outside, however, it is crystal clear that Buhari is not his own man and has to obey whatever orders he receives from his bosses in Riyadh and Tel Aviv.
In a country where macabrely murderous terrorists, such as the Boko Haram, freely indulge in frequent violence without any fears of arrest or reprisals from the Nigerian security forces, the Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) stands out as the most prominent victim of state injustice.
The only explanation in this regard, though not through any official statement from the authorities in Abuja, is that Saudi Arabia funds and runs the Boko Haram in collaboration with Usurper Israel, while Sheikh Zakzaky has the courage to denounce takfiri terrorism and to defend the cause of the oppressed Palestinian people.
Hence, this gifted orator and his charisma amongst the Nigerian people – Muslims and Christians included – are deemed dangerous to Wahhabi-Zionist interests in West Africa.
Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife were kidnapped on 15th December 2015 by the Nigerian army during its unprovoked attack in Zaria on the Baqiatullah Hussainiya and the massacre of over a thousand Muslims celebrating the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) and the Islamic Unity Week.
Since then numerous judgements have been pronounced by the courts, including the country’s highest jurisdictional authority, the Federal Court and its esteemed judges for the immediate release of the IMN Leader, but to no avail.
Last Friday, Sheikh Zakzaky’s devoted followers who number around 14 million again called on President Buhari to release him unconditionally, if not they would take the case of the Zaria massacre to the International Criminal Court of Justice.
IMN member, Prof. S. A. Maigandi, explicitly said during a press conference in Abuja that the Nigerian regime of Buhari is the architect of the illegal detention of Sheikh Zakzaky and the subsequent orphaning of 1,866 children who lost either one or both their parents in the 2015 Zaria massacre.
International human rights organizations, as well as the Islamic Republic of Iran, have called on the Nigerian government to end the plight of the revered Sheikh who is suffering from several diseases, but President Buhari has chosen to turn a deaf ear.
This is indeed a crime against the Nigerian people who include animists and freely practice their rights of worship, while the millions of followers of the School of Jurisprudence of Prophet Muhammad’s (SAWA) Ahl al-Bayt, are denied their basic rights as citizens.