As part of the alliance marking Monday the 28th of May, 2018 as a National Day of Mourning of violent killings in Nigeria, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria has completed plans to mourn the day with others.
A notice to that effect was circulated late Friday by the #FreeZakzaky Campaign Committee.
The notice is inviting the generality of Nigerian citizens, including those in the diaspora and all people of conscience across the globe, to join the various activities and events earmarked for the day everywhere they are.
According to the notice, “there is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent citizens” violently, especially when those killings are carried out by the Nigerian government.
The notice depicted a case in point the brutal Zaria genocide, in which even by the usually conservative figures doled out by the government itself, it extra judicially killed 347 innocent citizens and hurriedly dumped their corpses in mass grave, and tried so much to cover the evidence through intimidation, blackmail, threats, vilification of the victims and more violence against the survivors ever after.
The Free Zakzaky Campaign Committee has stated with facts however that more than a thousand innocent Nigerians were violently killed within the first 72 hours of the onset of the pogrom in Zaria alone. These figures have since risen astronomically as the government escalated the violence against a group of citizens in scope and spread especially in Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto, Jos, Katsina and Abuja.
The statistics at the disposal of the Campaign Committee indicate that 548 men, 297 women and 193 children met with violent deaths at the hands of the Nigerian army in that black weekend of December 12 to 14, 2015. Also violently killed were 23 pregnant women and 39 families that were completely wiped out within the same period.
Some of the activities earmarked for the day include wearing of black dresses, rallies, hoisting flags at half masts, social activism with use of designated hashtags and the offering of a minute silent meditation uniformly across at noon.
Already, venues for the event are being announced in various towns and cities across Nigeria and many more will be added in due course.