By Ebitonye Akpodigha
Some members of the Shi’ite Muslims in Nigeria have stormed the country’s capital city, Abuja, for a peaceful protest.
The group is demanding for the release of its leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, who has been kept in detention by the Nigerian government since 2015.
The protesting members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) as the Shi’ites are called, have directed the government to release El-Zakzaky with immediate effect.
Mr El-Zakzaky was injured and arrested in 2015 after the military raided his house in Zaria, Kaduna State. He has been held in custody since.
The outspoken Shi’a Muslim cleric in Nigeria founded IMN in late 1970s when he was still a student of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria and commenced propagating Shia Islam around 1979.