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50 Western figures express concern over Zakzaky’s health in letter to UN chief

21 July 2019 50 Western intellectuals have called on UN chief Antonio Guterres to pressure Nigeria to release top Shia Muslim leader Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky, who needs emergency medical treatment.  In a recent letter to Guterres, the signatories called on the UN chief to push for an immediate release and treatment of Sheikh Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). “We write to …

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Iran summons Nigeria chargé d’affaires over Zakzaky situation

11 July 2019 Iran’s Foreign Ministry says it has summoned Nigeria’s chargé d’affaires to the country to express concern over reports of Nigerian Muslim leader Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky’s deteriorating health condition. Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi announced the summoning on Monday, describing Zakzaky as an “eruditely and distinguished figure.” “We hope that the efforts that are being taken [towards bettering Mr. …

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Nigeria’s National Assembly on lockdown after shots fired

9 July 2019 Nigeria’s National Assembly was on lockdown on Tuesday afternoon after shots were fired outside during clashes between police and a group of Shi’ite Muslim protesters, Reuters witnesses said. It was not immediately clear who had fired the shots or whether anyone had been injured, the witnesses said. Police used tear gas against the protesters, and smoke could be seen coming …

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Zakzaky poisoned in prison by Nigerian authorities – IMN

29 June 2019 Top Nigerian Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been imprisoned for four years now, is said to have been poisoned in prison, according to doctors who found high levels of toxic substance in his blood. Members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) announced that their cleric was poisoned, citing results of an investigation by the movement’s Academic …

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Medical team allowed to check Zakzaky’s health in Nigeria

27 April 2019 A group of medical experts and consultants has completed its initial health assessment of Nigeria’s top Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky and his wife, who have been in detention since late 2015. The delegation led by UK-based Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) visited the cleric and his wife, Mallima Zeenah, on Thursday and highlighted the need for urgent investigations into …

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Nigeria’s Shia protesters: A minority at odds with the government

22 April 2019 After much bloodshed, rallies continue as prominent Shia leader Ibrahim El Zakzaky languishes in prison. Four years ago, several members of Abdullahi Muhammad’s family were killed, setting off a series of events that led him to become an outspoken critic of the government. Now 32, Muhammad, a member of the country’s Shia Muslim minority, says he would …

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Islamic Movement of Nigeria condemns Tony Blair’s visit to Kaduna

12 April 2019 Members of the Shia-dominated Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) demonstrated in Abuja on Wednesday, condemning former British prime minister Tony Blair’s visit to Kaduna, where he was hosted by the governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai. Blair was in Kaduna last Friday, he was also there in July 2017, and the demonstrators blamed Britain and other countries …

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Saudi Arabia and Israel behind Buhari’s atrocities against Nigeria’s Shia – Islamic Human Rights Commission Chairman

4 April 2019 Massoud Shadjareh, the Chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) was a guest on the Iranian state-owned Press TV programme, Africa Today discussing the continued detention of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, the leader of the predominantly Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). Zakzaky has been held by Nigeria’s Gestapo – the Department of State Services (DSS) since …

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Shi’ites protest at US embassy in Abuja, claim America is supporting terrorism in Nigeria

8 March 2019 Followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, the leader of the predominantly Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), protested in front of the United States embassy in Abuja yesterday, claiming that the US was “promoting terrorism” in Nigeria by backing the Nigerian government’s brutality against Shia Muslims. Followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky staged a protest to @USEmbassyAbuja condemning the …

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Human Rights Watch World Report 2019: Nigeria

18 January 2019 Human Rights Watch published their 674-page World Report 2019, the 29th edition, yesterday. We reproduce some key parts of the section on Nigeria below. Heightened political tensions ahead of the 2019 elections in which President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking re-election defined Nigeria’s rights landscape in 2018. Despite notable military advances, and apparently premature proclamations of Boko Haram’s defeat by government …

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