Prince Adeyanju Deji was today in Abuja crowned by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria as the Hero of Freedom and Prince of Justice.
Others who were honoured at the event organised by the Free Zakzaky Campaign Committee include Ms Ndi Kato, Barrister Femi Falana SAN, Prof Chidi Odinkalu and Cardinal John Onaiyekan.
The colourful event was attended by rights activists, journalists and members of the Islamic Movement from far and wide across the country.
Describing Adeyanju Deji in the brief citation, Dr Shuaibu said Deji is a fearless and brave Lion who attended several Free Zakzaky protests including outside Abuja.
“He was a live witness when Nigerian army shot at the peaceful
protesters in Kaduna during the Quds Procession two years ago.”
He was the convener of the famous Sit Out at the Unity Fountain last year that sat for about a hundred consecutive days that kept the Free Zakzaky Campaign alive and provided victims to voice out what had happened to them or their loved ones during the Zaria massacre of December 2015.
Dr. Shuaibu mentioned that Prince Deji was arrested severally for Free Zakzaky campaign activities. “During one of such arrests, he was approached by a team comprising of Abuja Police Commissioner, the Commandant of the Brigade of guards and other top security agents to dissuade him from the Free Zakzaky Campaign to no avail,” he said.
That is why today we are saying “Thank you, we are grateful of your support!”
The award was received on behalf of Deji by his associate, Ariyo who also delivered the acceptance speech on behalf of Deji. Ms Ndi Kato gave the acceptance speech on behalf of the other recipients.
It was a very successful outing in spite of the government’s attempts at foiling the event.