- Nigerian Wailers has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the Department of State Security (DSS) to obey the court order and release the leader of the Shiites in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky
- Wailers said the exhibition and demonstration of lawlessness and flagrant flaunting and violation of the laws of the land, the Nigerian law, detained him without him being charged to court
Pro masses group, Nigerian Wailers, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the Department of State Security (DSS) to obey the court order and release the leader of the Shiites in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
Mr. El-Zakzaky was arrested by the military on the 14th of December, 2015, after the Nigerian army interrupted their peaceful procession along Zaria which led to a shooting by the Nigerian security forces.
The army killed at least 450 members of the group and hurriedly buried them in a mass grave in Kaduna State which is a very barbaric and sadistic act of any government that should protect the lives and properties of her citizens.
Mr El-Zakzaky approached the court to demand his release, months after he was arrested without being charged to Court.
Reacting to a recent judgment by an Abuja Judicial Division of the Federal High Court of Nigeria which ruled that Mr Zakzaky should be released, Nigerian Wailers in a statement said the Buhari's government, in the exhibition and demonstration of lawlessness and flagrant flaunting and violation of the laws of the land, the Nigerian law, detained him without him being charged to court.
“We opine that the decision to incaserate the Islamic cleric and his wife for their safety is unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional, where it is not voluntarily requested by them. IMN Members, Nigerians and International bodies have been demanding that Mr. Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his family be released unconditionally,” the group said.
Speaking further, Wailers said; " For general knowledge and fact, you can only detain and keep a terrorist who is dangerous to his community or a nation in Protective custody to prevent them from harming other people. In the case of Zakzaky, he is not a terrorist, he is a law abiding citizen of Nigeria who is minding his business without violating the laws of the land. The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, (as amended) guarantees freedom of association which Islamic Movement of Nigeria also enjoy.
“The people of Nigeria can still recall that this present government benefited and enjoyed the support of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria to which President Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna State Governor, Mr Nasir Elrufai were both seen in pictures with Shiite leaders before the 2015 elections.
We now wonder why he is being treated inhumanly, with disdain and disgust. The barbaric decision by this government to incaserate him for so long is of great danger and it is alien to the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, which is the grundnorm and the Supreme law of the land, and in which the fundamental rights of the citizens of the nation Nigeria is enshrined and entrenched. The dastardly acts of this government and the flagrant violations of Nigerian Laws and the Orders of the Honourable Court poses a dangerous threat to our democracy, and in fact the rape of democracy .
The Government is bound to obey the decisions and the Orders of the court given by Hon. Justice Gabriel Kolawole, that the government should within 45 days release the Mr. ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his family to the police, who shall within 24 hours take them, guarded by escort, to a safe place without any further rearrest.
Nigeria is a democratic nation governed by laws which is above the personal wishes of any person no matter how highly placed. We must uphold the tenets of our democracy to the hilt and at all time. We must vehemently condemn the support of anyone who violates the tenets of democracy.
We therefore, call on all well-meaning Nigerians and leaders around the world for the sake of the survival and sustenance of our painfully earned democracy that must prevail over President Buhari and his DSS, and in upholding the Rule of Law, cause the Government to obey the order of the Court, as in the case of Mr Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and others and set them free from Incaseration, as ruled by the of court of competent jurisdiction in Nigeria.