Abuja. Thousands of Nigerians have rallied in support of Egypt’s deposed President Mohamed Morsi and called for military leaders who overthrew his government to be tried.
The Movement for Islamic Survival organised the rally in predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria’s biggest city of Kano on Saturday. It was addressed by Islamic scholars and human rights activists.
Shaykh Abubakar Mujahid, leader of the protest movement, told the crowd of 5,000 the killings had to stop, and that he thought the coup leaders should be brought before the International Criminal Court at The Hague in the Netherlands.
Egypt has been rocked by unrest since a popularly supported July 3 coup that toppled the democratically elected Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. Last week was one of the country’s bloodiest in which more than 1,000 people died.
The victims have been mostly supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement to which Morsi belongs. However, security forces have also been killed in the violence that Egyptian authorities say has been fomented by Morsi supporters.