Concerned Nigerians, a citizen movement, has urged the federal government to release the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife to the group, noting that they are willing to provide accommodation for the duo.
The convener of Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju, in a statement issued by the secretary of the pro-democracy group, John Danfulani, faulted the claims by the government that no Nigerian is willing to have El-Zakzaky as neighbor.
"Alhaji Lai Mohammed said that sheik Zakzaky and his wife are not being detained or in custody of the police or DSS but in a home built by this government. This assertion by Minister of Information is not only false but unacceptable to all well-meaning Nigerians and an insult to our collective sensibility.
"The sheik and his wife have been denied access to their immediate and extended family, their lawyers and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) who are their immediate constituent. How can the Minister of Information claimed that the Sheik and his wife are living in a house built by this government and no member of his immediate family, his lawyers or IMN members have been allowed to visit them in that house?
"Information available to us suggests that Sheik Zakzaky and his wife are still in DSS custody and have remained there ever since their arrest in December 2015.
It is not true that no Nigerian is willing to be a neighbour to Sheik zakzaky or accept him.
"We are willing and ready to accept Zakzaky as neighbor. Infact our Kaduna state coordinator and members both in Kaduna city and Zaria are ready to house Zakzaky and his wife and support their reintegration into the society. We are also willing and ready to provide accommodation for Zakzaky and his wife pending his permanent reintegration"
We are therefore appealing to the federal government to release sheik Zakzaky and his wife to us and end his unlawful and illegal prolonged incarceration," the statement reads.