Scores of Shiites on Wednesday in Abuja took to the streets to protest the release of their leader, Ibraheem Elezakzaky.
They vowing to die for the cause of their religion as they marched from the National Human Rights Commission at Maitama through Transcorp Hilton to Gana Street chanting anti-government songs to call for the release of their spiritual leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
Abdullahi Musa, who led the protest said that doctors had discovered an alarming level of lead poison in the blood of their leader, El-Zakzaky — 201.7 milligrams which is abnormal, thereby posing a serious threat to his life.
His life is in danger and there is no reason for us to go back and sit down at home. The oppressors always brutalise, oppress and instill fears in the mind of the people. We are ready to die in this cause and we have said it that we must come and they should get ready. If they like they should come and kill us,” Musa stated.
He denied allegations that members of the movement shot two policemen and vandalised 50 vehicles at the National Assembly complex
The mob, however, defied the presence of the armed security agents who are patrolling the city in search of the group.
“We have been protesting. Even yesterday the protest took more than two hours peacefully before the police attacked the protesters. So we will never surrender and we will not stop what we are doing. This is our constitutional rights. It is the right of Sheik El-zakzaky to go for medical treatment and the court has granted him the freedom and they should allow him to go,” Musa added.
Ibraheem Elezakzaky has been in detention since 2015, when Shi’ites clashed with a convoy of the chief of army staff in Kaduna state and all court orders calling for his release have been disobeyed.