Wednesday, 14 August 2019

‘The situation in India is pathetic, worrisome’ - El-Zakzaky raises the alarm

Leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, says the situation in India is worse than he experienced in Nigeria.

According to TheCable, in an audio message released on Wednesday, El-Zakzaky described the situation as “worse than a prison setting”.




The IMN leader and his wife left Nigeria for the Asian country on Monday based on a leave granted by a Kaduna high court.

In the audio, El-Zakzaky lamented the security situation in the hospital, describing it as “pathetic and worrisome”.

“The hospital officials received us well they told us that they parked two ambulance vehicles, deceiving the crowd while taking us out through another way, saying that it was for our own safety,” he said.

“On getting to the hospital, we were placed under a tighter security situation worse than what we have been witnessed in Nigeria. We are currently more confined than when we were in Nigeria, worse than a prison setting.

"Back home in Nigeria, they agreed that nobody should take us to any other hospital aside the hospital of our choice but we got to realize that the doctors they brought to us were there just to give advice.

“All what we have seen here, have shown us that there is no trust, they just brought us here for another detention. I have been in detention for about thirteen years but I’ve never seen this kind of security that I’m seeing here, even at the door of my hospital room, there are many security personnel waiting, heavily armed.

“They didn’t even allow me to go to the next room, I started asking myself, all these while I’ve been in detention, I’ve never seen this type. Even if I’m in the cell, they usually lock us up around 9pm and open the cell around 7am and they allow us to go anywhere we want in the area we are.”



El-Zakzaky said he and his wife would refuse treatment from any doctor except the ones they have chosen.

He alleged that the new doctors may “do to us what they couldn’t do with their bullets in Nigeria.”

“We then told them we won’t allow any other doctor aside our trusted doctors to attend to us so that they don’t do to us what they couldn’t do with their bullets in Nigeria,” he said.

He further said he could not trust the Indian authorities, citing Malaysia, Indonesia and Turkey as preferred destinations.

“We won’t submit ourselves to people we don’t trust. There is a need for us to go back home since it has been agreed that we should travel out to get medical attention and India is not a place we can trust,” he said.

“There are other countries that have volunteered to take care of our treatment, some are Malaysia, Indonesia and Turkey. We can choose from amongst these three.”

Secretary of academic forum of IMN, Abdullahi Musa, confirmed the authenticity of the audio.

Musa added that El-Zakzaky might return to Nigeria over a change in the medical arrangement with doctors in India.

“The audio is true. The federal government has connived with the Indian government to scuttle the treatment. They brought a new set of doctors instead of the ones the Sheikh (El-Zakzaky) made prior arrangements with,” he said.

“So, the Sheikh smelled a rat and refused to submit himself to the doctors to treat him. He asked them why they prevented him from seeing the doctors he had earlier made arrangements with? So he said he will not allow them to treat him.”

Musa said the group is making efforts to sort out the problem.

The group had earlier accused the federal government of frustrating the medical treatment of El-Zakzaky in India.


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