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Shiites Will Continue Protest Until My Father Is Set Free, Says El-Zakzaky's Daughter

Ibraheem Zakzaky is the primary figure and spiritual leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (formerly: Muslim Brothers), Africa’s most prominent Shi'a Muslim movement. Of Nigeria’s 180 million population, around 50 percent are Muslim, a small minority of which belong to Shi'a Islam. According to Nnamdi Obasi, Senior Analyst on Nigeria at the International Crisis Group (ICG), the IMN’s goals are twofold: “to ensure more stringent application of Islamic legal and administrative systems, then ultimately to create an Islamic state in Nigeria.”Dr Iqbal Siddiqui described El-Zakzaky as "the de facto leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria".

A phone conversation with the son of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, SaharaReporters learned that Mr. Zakzaky’s family has not spoken directly to him since his arrest. In total rejection to the proscription order, Suhaila Zakzaky, the daughter of the detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has called for continued protests to press for the release of her father.Moreso,top members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) on Friday, concurred with the decision of daughter of their detained leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky that protest will continue until her parents are released.

This group also disowned the statement issued by its spokesman, Ibrahim Musa that they have suspended the protests inline with its proscription by the Federal Government through a court order.  Suhaila Zakzaky in videos shared on her Facebook page , questioned the ban and said the protest will continue until her father is released. A statement by a top member of , Sisters’ Forum and Abul-Fadl, said other IMN members were not informed about the ban Suhaila said, “Even as I speak right now, earlier today, there was a protest in Abuja and there will be tomorrow.

And there will continue to be on every weekday. I just wanted to clarify because I saw news agencies stating that spokesperson of this group released the statement but the protest that have been going on in Abuja and are still going on and will continue to go on till El-Zakzaky is freed.”She also said Musa cannot speak on behalf of the group, stressing that his comments are not the official views of IMN/ She went on to say that any action against “frustrating” the efforts of the protests would be disastrous.

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