Amnesty international (AI) has come under fire on social media for protesting the unlawful detention of the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky by the Nigerian government.
Recall that protests by members of IMN otherwise known as Shiites over the detention of the leader of the IMN, El-Xakzaky with his wife, Zenaat El-Xakzaky, following their bloody clash with the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna, on December 2015, have claimed scores of lives including security personnel in some parts of Nigeria.
Since the incident, Shiite members had argued that a court of competent jurisdiction had already ordered the release of the IMN leader, and therefore, wonder why the government cannot abide by the court order
AI criticised the Nigerian government hard-line posture in a post on Friday, saying “—Today marks 2000 days since the unlawful detention of the leader of Islamic Movement Of Nigeria Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky by the Nigerian government.
—Between Dec. 12-14 2015 Nigerian military killed over 350 of his followers in Zaria.
—Nigerian government deliberately disregarded the orders of its own courts to release him and his wife, demonstrating a flagrant – and dangerous – contempt for the rule of law:”.
But Nigerians in social Media Community have slammed the human Rights watchdog for being selfish and economical with the truth in the post that was published on its website to mark the day.
Reacting to Amnesty post, Alli Badaru said ” his detention is for the betterment of Nigerian State. We can’t afford to have an Iranian back Shia militant group in Nigeria that will add more to our security problems”.
While Zaharadeen Aliyu Babaran asked Amnesty to “stay clear our” Nigeria’s affairs and Muhammad Shafou, called the human Rights Organization as “useless”, Malakachalla, inquired to know why Amnesty international is meddling on the issue and cautioned that President Muhammadu Buhari should be supported to complete his tenure in office.
But Francis Ekpenyong said: “I will be very disappointed if Amnesty let Buhari go scot free”.
Prince Tizza who sided with his comment, said El-Zakzaky’s detention as ” truly very unlawful”, stressing that “no should ever be subjected to unlawful detention”.