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Withholding of Sheikh Zakzaky, Wife’s Traveling Documents Obnoxious, Unwarranted – CSO Group

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky

A Civil Society Organization (CSO) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to release travel documents of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife.

The CSO also lamented how the political life of Nigeria under the mantra of change to hoodwink the Nigerian people has altered the position of civil society organizations in the country.

In a statement signed by the secretary of the, ‘Citizens League For Justice,’ Comrade Ezekiel Ayuba, noted that Citizens League Justice believed that the lesson of dictatorship in Nigeria, no matter its complexion – civilian or military – must be fought and not cuddled. 

“Because those that romanced dictatorship end up turning their countries into killing fields, while those that fought dictatorship preserved their freedoms and their liberties and are enjoying the fruits of democracy.

“We must posit that Nigerian Government must respect and dignify the rights of the Sheikh and his wife to live as enshrined in the constitution and must, therefore, be given back the needed traveling documents to enable them seek proper medical care abroad, bearing in mind the life-threatening injuries suffered by them, including psychological torture in their memories and the brutal killings of almost all their children during the serial state assault against members of the movement. 

“This brings to the fore, the illegally and unlawful withholding of traveling documents of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife, in order to prevent them from having access to proper medical care abroad – in the same country that President Buhari, Governor El-Rufai and their agents are junketing around the world in search of best medical care that their government has denied to an average Nigerian.

“We wish to demand for the unconditional release of the traveling documents of Sheikh Zakzaky, his wife and other citizens being persecuted by the Buhari regime to enable every one of them seek alternative medical care of his own choice in any part of the world.

“That Nigeria is a constitutional democracy and for her to reclaim her place in the comity of nations depends on the concluding aspect of the withholding travelling documents saga of the Sheikh, who was discharged and acquitted by a competent court of our land.

“The decision of the persecutors of the El-Zakzaky to continue their unrepentant assault on his freedom guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution is shameful, lawless, unacceptable and affront to the Nigerian people and the constitution of the Republic.

“The time tested resolve of Sheikh Zakzaky to live in unity and harmony and in the spirit of common brotherhood is never in doubt and beyond reproach, irrespective of the hostile attitude against him and followers by agents of the Nigerian Government.

“The deliberate refusal against wise counselling to release the traveling documents to him and his household community is one of the numerous human rights abuses of this regime that can neither be rationalized nor justified.

“All actions taken against them cannot be expressly said to be in the practical application of any law in force in our country, and cannot not be reasonably and justifiable in a democratic and law-abiding society; actions totally not in defense of public safety, but in every sense of the word premeditated against public order, public morality or public health.

“Dictatorship and enemies of democracy are particularly afraid of two things: First, the organizational capacities of the Sheikh followers and, the second, their power of mobilizational abilities. And the power of such things listed above has been freely guaranteed in the Nigerian constitution,” Comrade Ezekiel Ayuba noted. 

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