In a statement by the only surviving son of Sheikh el-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN),
Mohammed has thanked his father’s legal team.
He also thanked protesters, journalists, rights activists and civil society groups who stood by the family during the detention of his parents since 2015.
Mohammed said: “As you are aware, my father, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, and mother, Zeenah Ibraheem, recently regained their freedom, after the Kaduna State High Court discharged and acquitted them of all charges filed by the current Kaduna State administration.
“After expressing our profound gratitude to Allah, the Almighty, we wish to also express our appreciation to all those that stood by us during this ordeal that has lasted nearly six years.Contactng with our entire family, wish to especially thank those men, women and children who stood firm in the face of injustice, risking life and limb to demand justice and freedom for them, both inside and outside this country.
“Of special note are the heroes who marched daily in Abuja, non-stop, for five years, a monumental act of sacrifice seldom heard of and certainly unprecedented in the history of Nigeria.”
He also thanked human rights organisations who continued to help provide the group with a voice during the difficult time.
“Of special note are the Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and especially The Islamic Human Rights Commission for ensuring that the atrocities carried out in December 2015 could not be simply covered up.
“We hail the efforts of free media and those journalists whose commitment to the truth shone even in the face of censorship, threats and often lethal violence.
“We commend your steadfastness and bravery, and wish to thank you for all those times you refused to turn a blind eye to tyranny, discrimination and other crimes being committed in the name of the state,” he said.
Mohammed also thanked his parents’ legal team led by Femi Falana, SAN, who, he noted, “despite all the malicious maneuvers to delay, manipulate and obstruct judicial due process, persevered and ultimately prevailed.”
On Wednesday, Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah, were discharged and acquitted at Kaduna High Court of an eight-count charge bordering on culpable homicide and disruption of public peace.