The Islamic Movement in Nigeria will join the rest of the world to mark the World International Day of Justice later today, Wednesday 17th July, 2019.
World Day for International Justice unites all those who wish to support justice, promote rights of the victims, also help in preventing crime that threaten peace, security and well-being of the world.
Clearly, there has not been any other singular person in Nigeria today that has been so deprived of Justice as the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.
Sheikh Zakzaky was brutally attacked at home by the Nigerian army in December 2015, having killed over a thousand unarmed citizens who were his followers including his three sons, a sister and a nephew. He was shot severally at close range leading to the loss of one of his eyes before his lifeless body was dragged over the corpses of his sons and was humiliatingly hurled over a wheel barrow into detention. His wife was similarly riddled with bullets until she also lay lifeless before also being taken into custody.
Next, his residence was razed down, flattened and the rubles evacuated as if nothing ever stood there. His property including the Islamic centre in Zaria, schools and other valuables were completely destroyed. Even the tombs of his mother and three other sons earlier killed in July 2014 by the same Nigerian army were not spared by the rampaging soldiers.
The Sheikh and his wife approached the Federal High Court in Abuja requesting for the enforcement of their fundamental rights. The court in December 2016 had ruled in his favour, ordering his immediate release and payment of total compensation of N50 million to the two of them and construction of a house. But instead of set him free, the government led by President Buhari had contemptuously continued to detain him despite his mounting health challenges, which are a direct consequence of the physical and psychological trauma the government is subjecting him to.
He additionally suffered series of strokes in detention and appeared to have also been exposed to poisoning in detention. Yet, the government is depriving him of access to adequate healthcare. It appears that he is being killed by the government of Buhari in instalments.
Therefore, the Islamic Movement will later today mark this day for International Justice with a grand procession in Abuja calling for his release.
The day is also coming a day before a Kaduna High court is set to hear application put in by his lawyers seeking his bail on medical grounds to enable him and the wife attend to their health.
The world is watching, and members of the Movement are too