"Remember How It Felt When Babangida Detained You" – Falana To Buhari

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari in a letter, urging him to “be humane by ordering the release” of Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, also known as Shiites, and the cleric’s wife, Zainab, from custody.

Falana’s November 7 letter is his second such letter to the Presidency demanding the release of the detainees following an earlier one dated June 2, 2017 addressed to then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo during Buhari’s medical vacation in London.

Falana reminded Buhari that the continued detention of the couple was in violation of the judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja delivered on December 2, 2016.
He pleaded with the president to consider the detainees’ deteriorating health and immediately order their release.

Falana said Buhari, having been illegally detained in the past by ex-leader, Ibrahim Babangida, and also recently battled a serious illness, was in a position to appreciate the couple’s “agony” in custody.

The have been in custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) since December 2015 following a clash between El-Zakzaky’s followers and Nigerian soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.

He called on Mr. President to be humane and refrain from subjecting citizens to inhuman treatment.