BREAKING: El-Zakzaky And Wife Back In Nigeria

Reports currently reaching us has it that embattled leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife are now back into the country.

According to The Nation, they arrived aboard an Ethiopian Airlines by exactly 12noon at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport.

This is barely after three days of his leaving Nigeria for medicare in India.

Recall that the spokesman of the movement, Ibrahim Musa had accused the Federal Government of frustrating the treatment of the IMN leader.


“Following lack of a breakthrough in the impasse that ensued in the treatment in New Delhi of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, it is now confirmed that the Sheikh is on his way back to Abuja,” the statement said.

“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 has left Delhi by 17:00 Nigerian time. He prayed that that may 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.”

In an exclusive interview with Daily Sun in Kaduna, yesterday, another staunch member of IMN, Dr. Shuaibu Musa, described the return of their leader without getting what he traveled for as a  “very bad development.”

“The crux of the matter is that the government never wanted him to go for the treatment in the first place. If you recall, they opposed the application in court and that failed, they said they were going on appeal. Again, when that was not going to be favourable to them, they then put conditions they thought should be able to prevent Sheikh from going.

“After all that failed, they then took another step which was to go there and interfere with the treatment to scuttle rather than supervise it

“It is a well known fact that every patient is autonomous and has the right to chose the doctor he or she wants and that was why if you come to the hospital, there is what we call consent, which means people have their consent on treatment and you cannot impose treatment on anybody.

“They went there to ensure that the hospital does not admit, accept or treat him to the point that they arranged  doctor for him to see.

“So, Sheikh then decided that, rather than face all that there, he should come back home and whatever is going to happen should happen at home. That is just what is going on.”

The IMN leader had earlier raised the alarm over the situation in India, saying it was worse than what he and his wife experienced in Nigeria.

In an audio tape that went viral on Wednesday, he had said he was being held under heavy security, expressing the desire to return home.

El-Zakzaky complaimed that he was not given access to his preferred doctors, adding that he did not trust those they asked to examine him.

In its reaction, the Federal Government had dismissed his claim and rather accused him of not complying with the terms of the Kaduna High Court which granted him medical leave.