We appreciate Nigerians who risk lives, limbs during our 2,055-day ordeal – El-Zakzaky
Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky on Thursday appreciated Nigerians for standing by him and his wife, Zeenah during their trial and detention, which lasted for almost six years.
In a statement issued by El-Zakzaky's son, Mohammed El-Zakzaky, on behalf of the Sheikh, expressed their profound gratitude to Allah and those who stood by them through their ordeal which lasted for 2055 days.
The statement said, "As you are aware yesterday(Wednesday) my father Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and Mother Zeenah Ibraheem have 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 two thousand and fifty-five days (2055) nearly 6 years.
"I along 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 nonstop for 5 years, a monumental act of sacrifice seldom heard of and certainly unprecedented in the history of Nigeria.
" l wish to express our gratitude to human rights organizations who continued to help provide us with a voice during this difficult time. Of special note 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.
"Last but certainly not least I wish to thank my parent's competent and loyal legal team that was ably led by Chief Femi Falana SAN, who despite all the malicious manoeuvres to delay, manipulate and obstruct judicial due process, legal team persevered and ultimately prevailed. We will be eternally grateful for your efforts."