A massive protest was carried out on Sunday, January 3, by Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the stewardship of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.
The thousands of Shia faithfuls staged a peaceful protest in Bauchi to condemn the provocative execution of the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr by the Saudi regime.
According to ABNA, the demonstration also called for the immediate release of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, wife and hundreds of followers who are allegedly being held unjustifiably by the Nigerian government.
The protests which spanned various streets in Bauchi city showed sympathizers carrying the placards "we are all Nimr" and " Free Zakzaky", which are meant to condemn the continued persecution of Shias in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Nigeria.
The protesters derided the execution as a plot to worsen a sectarian tension in the Muslim world which is already enmeshed in the war of attrition in countries like Bahrain, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.
Malam Ahmad Yashi who led the peaceful demonstration has called the execution 'provocative and barbaric'.
In his closing remark, he excoriated the Saudi royal families for playing politics with the lives of Shia dissents whose only faults are calling for an end to Shia marginalisation in the country and demanding the release of their detained members who are languishing in various jails across the country.
The cleric said Saudi Arabia has surreptitiously connived with the Western powers to cripple the rise of Shias in the world. He finally concluded by saying that those who think killing Shias will suppress its growing acceptance has got it all wrong.
Below are photos from the protest in Bauchi.
Meanwhile, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has alleged that a member of the Shiite group, Abbas Isiyaku, was killed while in detention on Saturday, January 2. Leadership reports that Isiyaku was shot and kept in detention without proper medical attention.