Zeenat Zakzaky, the wife of Islamic
movement leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has been imprisoned by the
Buhari government since December of 2015.
The mother of six slain male
children, three killed by the previous Jonathan government and the other
three killed by the current administration when they raided their compound on
the two bloody December days, Zeenat was detained without reason along with her
husband who she watched sustain as many as six direct gun shots that blinded
and paralyzed him.
Zeenat also witnessed the murder of her
three sons according to surviving daughter Suhaila. She was shot twice too with
one shot to her abdomen.
This unbelievable and unimaginable
torture transpired as the Nigerian army was also allegedly involved in the
summarily execution of no less than 700 mostly youth of the minority
"despised" Shia Muslim denomination in Zaria. Many were burned alive
and properties of the movement were demolished without court order by the joint
action of the Kaduna state government and the Nigerian army.
The Kaduna state government later admitted
to having buried 350 bodies secretly in a mass grave in concert with the army,
sparking global outcry.
After being detained for three months in
an unknown location and held incommunicado, the Buhari government finally bowed
to pressure and protest and allowed lawyers supervised access to Zeenat and her
Six months later, Zeenat is commencing
the 2016 Ramadan fast while imprisoned.
She is unable to meet and talk with her
two daughters and one last surviving son who got married last month without the
fortune of his father and mother attending.
She is unable to wish them a happy
She has been unable to visit at the
remains of her sons in the mass grave where they are believed to have been
On behalf of conscientious Nigerians, I
wish Zeenat the blessings and peace of Ramadan. May her prayers be answered and
may her Creator deliver her justice as He delivered justice to Boko
Haram in answer to the prayers of the
abducted Chibok girls and prayers of other victims of their
The Prophet of Islam is reported to have
said: “Fear the prayer of
the oppressed, even if he is a disbeliever, for there is no barrier (between it
and Allah [the God]).” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
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