‘You might not get justice in Nigeria’ – Amnesty International advises Zakzaky, Shiites
The leader of the Shiite group Sheik Ibrahim Zakzaky has been advised to seek justice outside Nigeria.
Amnesty International (AI) gave the advice to the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) group through its country director Osai Ojigho.
Ms. Ojigho while speaking on a TV show said the group can go beyond protesting and seeking for justice outside the shores of Nigeria if they strongly feel their rights have been violated.
“I think they should not relent in their constant agitation for justice in this matter. In recent times, they have taken protests, some in Abuja. Some cases have also been tried to be stopped. But everyone has the right to protest if they feel their rights are being violated.
“But they can go beyond that and can now begin to explore beyond the shores of Nigeria. There is the African Commission on People’s and Human Rights, there is the ECOWAS court of justice which is also situated here in Abuja.
“Can the regional mechanisms here in Africa give them an alternative hearing and can the Nigerian state be called to order by these institutions in order to ensure that the rights of El-Zakzaky and his followers who have been illegally and unconstitutionally detained can be addressed at this level.
“I think until those avenues are exhausted, they still have a lot more to do in that regard. And to also get other actors,” she said.