Tension As Zakzaky, Wife Expected Friday Noon In Abuja
There is palpable tension in Abuja among members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria [IMN] on one part and the federal government on another, as the IMN leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Malama Zeenah, are expected Friday noon in the Federal Capital Territory.
Even journalists are not left out as correspondents line up in the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to catch a glimpse of the religious leader and possibly grab a few words from him.
Sheikh Zakzaky opted to return home following lack of breakthrough in the impasse that ensued in their treatment in New Delhi, India.
While in India, Zakzaky complained of attempts by Nigerian and Indian security to impose medical treatment on them.
ElombahNews gathered that the Sheikh and his wife refused “to succumb to imposition of Medical treatment by the Nigerian security forces in collaboration with their Indian colleagues”.
Following the breakdown of trust, IMN confirmed that their leader is on his way back to Abuja, Nigeria.
The Shia leader was “suffering from lead poisoning”, his daughter told the BBC, which may have been caused by shrapnel in his body “from when he was shot in 2015”.
The Court on 5th August 2019 granted Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky leave to travel to India for medical treatment.
Consequently, the Government and its relevant agencies took steps to comply with the Order.
The Kaduna State Government chose not to appeal the El-Zakzaky’s medical bail but laid down strict conditions for the bail and the travel.
Whilst in India, the Sheikh explained that Indian government gave them an option of agreeing to Nigerian government decision or to leave India within two hours.
He alleged that the federal government lied to the Indian government on Zakzaky’s true condition and the Kaduna High Court order.
Zakzaky, however, started to receive treatment after then Nigerian envoy to India ‘resolved the problem’ but barely 24 hours later, it became obvious that situation is far from resolved.
Recounting the history of the ordeal, IMN, in a statement signed by the President of its Media Forum, Ibrahim Musa, stated:
In a video message sent through his office, the Sheikh said it was decided that they will be taken to the airport to be flown back to Nigeria.
He left Delhi by 17:00 hrs Nigerian time. He prayed that may that be the best option in the circumstances.
The Nigerian government’s interference and scuttling of the whole process rather than supervision as ordered by the court is the direct cause of the impasse.
The government never wanted the medical leave in the first place, and did whatever to stop it by all means possible.
The Islamic Movement is completely not happy with the latest development, and we strongly believe any peace loving person in Nigeria feels the same.
The government left no one in doubt that it never wanted the Sheikh to go for the medical treatment in the first place.
They opposed the application in court. When the order went against them, they indicated their desire to appeal against it.
When that wasn’t going to stop the journey, they attempted to prevent it via introduction of stringent conditions that were not put in place by the court.
Having failed to stop using all these methods, they exploited the clear direction to “supervise” and went ahead to obstruct the medical treatment in New Delhi, India.
Why would the Sheikh trust a government that killed thousands of his supporters including his sons, shot him and his wife and further exposed them to heavy metal poisoning?
As we await his arrival, we pray to almighty Allah to continue to protect him from the enemies of peace, who were behind the Zaria genocide of December, 2015 and the subsequent extreme persecution and torture he is being subjected to.