Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) on Friday staged a peaceful protest in Abuja to mark 1000 days of its leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, in detention.
Zakzaky has been in detention since December 2015 when his followers clashed with some soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna state.
The sect has held series of protests over the continued detention of its leader despite an order of the federal high court, Abuja, granting him bail.
The protesters marched through the federal secretariat to the presidential villa gate, displaying placards and banners with inscriptions “FreeZakzaky; Buhari Obey Court Order”.
Abdullahi Musa, a leader of the sect, who addressed the protesters, said members of the sect are ready to lay down their lives for Zakzaky.
“Firstly, we have been living in misery without our leader; a lot of youth who are the followers of the sheikh are ready to die for the Sheikh,” he said.
“So, today is the 1000th day since he has been arrested; he is seriously sick and they did not allow him access to his medication and was not allowed to see his family members.”
Musa asked security agents to act on the information that was received by the sect that “some people within the government are planning to kill their leader on his way to the court or hospital”.
He also called on the international community to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to obey the court order.