The Injustice Against El-Zakzaky and the Shiites – By Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

“The most painful thing for me is the culture of silence around this. Yes, Shiites are in the minority and the most unpopular of Muslim populations in northern Nigeria. But is that enough reason for them to be hunted down in this manner? Does anybody think this is okay and normal and nothing will hunt us down the road?” Assume that they indeed blocked the road that the chief of army staff was about passing through and heckled the senior army officers in his motorcade. This was said to be…

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The Shiites and Non-Violent Protests in Nigeria: Lessons for Activists – By Donald C. Benjamin, Ph.D.

Protests are universally recognized as legitimate means of expressing grievances. It involves gathering in large numbers and marching through streets and/or converging in an area to deliver messages through codified slogans, placards, outfits and demonstrations. Governments and their agencies are usually the targets of many protests. Protests can also take the form of demonstrations, processions, rallies or gatherings. In Nigeria, protests are also known mechanisms for driving home demands of various groups across the country. However, what appears to be unique about protests in Nigeria, particularly mass protests, is that…

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