Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has donated rice as palliatives to Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, correspondent chapel, Kaduna state.
The rice and other packaged palliatives are part of Sallah gift to members of the correspondent chapel to also cushion the effect Covid-19 lockdown.
The Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky-led Shi’ites group, popularly known as Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), has doled the palliatives to Correspondent Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna, as Eid Mubarak.
Presenting the items to the correspondent chapel secretary, Idibia Gabriel, on behalf of the chairman, Midat Joseph, a Shi’ites member of the palliatives distribution committee, Muktar Abdullahi, said the gesture is an annual ritual of the movement.
The team, which was led by Hassan Bala, while presenting the 35 bags of 10kg rice to Mr. Idibia said, the group decided to do this as a usual habit to give during a celebration time of Sallah.
He said despite the absence of their leader, El-Zakzaky, who is still in prison, it did not stop the IMN from doing what they know as the right thing to be done.
According to them “We do give out things like this not only to Muslims but Christians alike. We took this as a duty and imperative to dole out food items to people mostly during Sallah and fasting period.
“This is what Sheikh Zakzaky has been doing before his arrest some years back. Despite he was yet to be released, he asked us to continue to do this,” he said.
IMN therefore appealed to government and the authority concerned to fast-track the case of El-Zakzaky, adding that he’s seriously sick and needs medical attention.
When asked about his release, based on the Presidential Order to release prisoners because of coronavirus, the team leader said, they have written to the ministry of justice, which said “The Sheikh’s name was not among those to be released.”
Receiving the palliatives at the chapel office at News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, the chapel secretary sincerely thanked the El-Zazaky palliative committee for the recognition and good gesture, and prayed God to pay them back in same way.