By Abdulmumin Giwa
The Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) comprising of 12 human and civil rights organizations in the Southeast have adopted Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, the revered leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) with Prisoner-Of-Conscience POS prestigious award whether dead or alive.
The coalition of Human Rights organizations named the leader of the movement on account of his long detention without trial and no traces of individual or group violence linked to his name against government and people of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
This is contained in a statement signed by the leader of the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations Emeka Umeagbalasi titled “The Collusion of Nigerian Print, Broadcast Media With Buhari’s Genocidal Regime”
The award which is based on the United Nations principles of non-violence and pacifism is also renewable as long as fair trial and fair hearing is not given to him and also revocable if there is any evidence he has advocated for or resorted to violence of widespread or group nature.
The battered and lacerated revered leader of the IMN, the group observed, had been detained by President Muhammadu Buhari dead or alive for over 240 days or 8 months without trial and public appearance.
The group also observed the violation of the rights of Sheikh Zakzaky by the Buhari regime by violating the process of trial as determined by the rules of justice that entails a proceeding preceding issuance of judicial notice about intended legal claims and accompanying evidence through formal judicial examination.
The activists also submitted that where such legal processes are violated through non-observance of the mentioned fundamentals of justice it simply becomes trial-by-ordeal or jungle-justice.
SBCHROs also lamented the collusion of the Nigerian print and broadcast media with what they described as Buhari’s genocidal regime.
The group also renewed the POS for Citizen Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra IPOB for being in detention for 300 days or 10 months without trial.
It would be recalled that the leader of the IMN was abducted by the Nigerian Army claiming that his followers blocked the convoy of the COAS in December last year after they fatally shot him and his wife severally, killed three of his sons, and over 1000 of his followers of which they buried 347 in a mass grave in Kaduna to hide the crime.