Free Elzakzaky, Allow Him Access Medicare Abroad, Group Tell @MBuhari, FGN.


A civil society group under the aegis of "Initiative For Conciliation And Right Protection" has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari to allow the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiite to attend to his deteriorating health condition abroad, based on the recommendations of medical expert who came from abroad to examine him.

The group in a joint statement issued at a press conference In Abuja on Thursday afternoon, the leaders of the Group, Comrade Ahmad S Isa and three others condemned the continued detention of Elzakzaky, calling on all the well-meaning Nigerians and leaders across the world to look into the matter.

FULL STATEMENT:

Gentlemen of press, on behalf  members of Civil Society Organisations under the umbrella of the Initiative For Conciliation And Right Protection, with heavy hearts we welcome you to this very important and sensitive press conference which is intended to state the position of the above named organisation concerning the deteriorating health condition of the leader of the Islamic movement Sheikh El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenah Ibraheem.

Before proceeding, however, it will be in place to take us back to memory lane on the unfortunate crackdown of innocent civilians that happened between December 12th to 14th, 2015 in Zaria.

It is approaching four years today when the once peaceful City of Zaria, where the Headquarters of the Islamic movement in Nigeria was thrown into a regrettable and mourning history, consequence of which has continued to cause the deaths of several innocent Nigerians that belong to the movement.

The Nigerian authority under President Muhammadu Buhari watch, the Nigerian Army attacked the Islamic movement over what they termed as obstruction of the road in Zaria, Kaduna State. In the attacks over one thousand Nigerians loyal to Sheikh Zakzaky were massacred including women and children. Sheikh Zakzaky’s three sons were murdered in cold blood and the Sheikh, together with his wife were shot severally in their home by the soldiers. The Soldiers later dragged them in the blood of their sons and handed them over to the DSS. Since then, they have been illegally detained without proper medical attention.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) drafted by the representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions across the globe under the United Nation states that:

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degradation treatment or punishment.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Provision Of  Laws
In accordance with the principles proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, recognition of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world. Recognizing those rights derived derive from the inherent dignity of the human person.
(General Assembly resolution 39/40; 10-12-1983, Article 27 (1)  Article 55, African Charter on Human and People’s Right. Nigeria has signed, rectified and domesticated it as its own law)
No Justification for torture – No exceptional circumstances what so ever may be invoked as a justification for torture. It prohibits  secret detention facilities, solitary confinement, incommunicado detentions
(Ant-Torture Act of Nigeria, 2017)

On April 25, 2019, a delegation of expert doctors and consultants led by the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) gained access to Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife for the first time and conducted initial medical investigations on both the Sheikh and his wife. The investigations revealed that the couple needs urgent treatment that included surgeries which can only be conducted in well-equipped hospitals outside Nigeria.
It is a welcome development that after nearly 4 years of denying the Sheikh and his wife proper medical attention of their own choice, the Government finally obeyed a court order for the first time concerning the inhuman treatment of these victims of oppression.

We are displeased that the Sheikh and his wife are still under detention despite the gravity of their injuries and their deteriorating health condition, despite a Federal High Court judgment delivered in December 2016 by Justice Gabriel Kolawale that ordered for the immediate and unconditional release.

We are calling on the Federal Government of  Nigeria (FGN) led by President Muhammadu Buhari to allow Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife to be flown abroad for proper medicare due to the various injuries sustained during his ordeal in the hands of the military, medical experts who came to Nigeria to check his health, clearly stated the need for him to be taken abroad for adequate medical treatment, especially his left eye that is now riddled with bullet particles. The government must take this request very seriously.

In view of the foregoing, it is mandatory for the Nigerian authorities under President Buhari to release Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Zeenah Ibraheem immediately and unconditionally as the government has no single reason for detaining them any longer.

SIGNED:

Barrister Geoffrey Nwachukwu
Comrade Godwin Ekoja
Barrister B Hassan
Comrade Ahmad S Isa
Prince Adelaja Adeoye

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