For the fourth day running, Abuja witnessed a momentous Free Zakzaky procession to demand the immediate release of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, being held illegally by the Buhari government even as his health condition is fast deteriorating in detention.
This is coming at the back heel of two consecutive days of police brutality against the peaceful protests in Abuja where policemen opened fire on the peaceful protests, killing three and wounding scores, including Sheikh Qasim Umar Sokoto who was shot at the right thigh. A journalist was bartered with clubs and sticks until his arm was broken by the police. Several hundreds that were arrested were arraigned in magistrate courts in Abuja and granted bail.
All these didn’t deter the hundreds of protesters from coming out for the fourth consecutive day to demand for the unconditional release of Sheikh Zakzaky from illegal detention.
Not even the wild rumours variously circulated on social media and other news outlets could deter the protesters, whose resolve is definitely unflinching.
A Federal High Court in Abuja had ruled that his detention is unconstitutional and a breach of his fundamental rights more than a year ago, but the tyrannical regime of Muhammadu Buhari has defiantly kept the ailing Sheikh.
News of his deteriorating health situation filtered at the weekend had sparked a renewed wave of protests for his freedom worldwide. In Nigeria, protests have held across various towns, sometimes more than once in a day, including night protests, and this is the fourth day in a row that processions are being held in Abuja.
Meanwhile, free Zakzaky processions also continue in other towns as well, including Suleja, Minna and Zaria among other places.