The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has joined the activities marking the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances which was marked worldwide today 30th August, 2017.
Earlier, the main organisers of the event in Nigeria, Amnesty International issued a statement that showed that the Nigerian government was using enforced disappearances of hundreds of people to instil fear in the populace. Amnesty, said hundreds of people are secretly being held in detention, a practice prohibited by International convention seeking to protect persons from enforced disappearance, to which Nigeria is a signatory.
Amnesty therefore called on the government to make full disclosure of the fate and whereabouts of the hundreds of people who have disappeared.
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria had issued an updated list of over 600 of its members who are feared to be among the victims of enforced disappearances since the genocidal forces of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Nigerian army brutally attacked members of the Movement in Zaria over a weekend in December 2015.
Portraits of some of the victims of enforced disappearances of members of the Islamic Movement were among those displayed with their names and details as part of this year’s activities. The event also featured some family members of these victims who physically graced the occasion.
Malama Zainab Isa, a member of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, who physically graced the occasion, explained that the whereabouts of her husband (a books seller) and their 6 male children remains unknown since the night of 14th December, 2015 when the genocidal Nigerian military attacked the Islamic Movement in Zaria. She described the pains she is left to bear as the Nigerian authorities were not giving out any comforting information to indicate whether they were killed or are being secretly detained. “If they were killed, they should hand over their corpses so that I can give them a befitting burial,” she explained.
Similar painful tales were narrated by two other members who graced the occasion from the Islamic Movement, Malama Sharifat Salihu who is missing her husband, 2 daughters and a son as well as Malama Amina Isah, also missing her husband (a Medical doctor) and 3 sons since that eventful weekend.
Nigerian authorities have been making very frantic efforts in a vain attempt to cover up the massive crime against humanity, which the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague has since opened preliminary investigation into.
©#FreeZakzaky Campaign Committee, August 2017.