. Says returning home best option
.FG’s interference main cause of impasse -IHRC
There is palpable tension in Nigeria over the return of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria. IMN, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, to the country less than a week after he and his wife, Zeenat, left for India for medical treatment on the order of the court.
Following lack of breakthrough in the impasse that ensued in the treatment in New Delhi of Sheikh El-Zakzaky, it is now confirmed that the Sheikh is on his way back to Abuja, Nigeria.
PRNigeria gathered that he departed New Delhi in a commercial airline at 5pm Nigerian time.In a video message sent through his office, the Sheikh said it was decided that they would be flown back to Nigeria.
He prayed that may that be the best option in the circumstances.The Secretary of the Academic Forum of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Abdullahi Musa confirmed this in a telephone conversation with our correspondent in Abuja.
He said that the Nigerian government denied their leader access to his personal doctor in India thereby making it difficult for him to get the required treatment.
A top member of of Islamic Human Right Commission (IHRC) which negotiated the medical treatment in India said 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.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government has said that El-Zakzaky was frustrating the Indian hospital instead of subject himself to medical treatment.
The cleric, who was arrested in 2015 following a clash between his members and military personnel in Zaria, was granted bail on medical grounds, following a Kaduna High Court order on Aug. 5, 2019.
El-Zakzaky, along with wife, subsequently travelled to India, via Dubai, for medical treatment on Sunday, Aug. 12, after government and relevant agencies took steps to comply with the order.
But the Federal Government, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said that the religious leader was frustrating the authorities of the Indian hospital where he was to be treated.
In a statement titled “The true story on El-Zakzaky in India”, the government said that the cleric, who particularly chose Medanta Hospital, India for the treatment, had begun to display ulterior motives against laid down procedures.
The statement signed by Grace Isu Gekpe, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, said that the cleric refused to subject himself to preliminary medical checks after State officials resisted his pressure to hand over his International Passport to him.
“He also demanded free movement and access to visitors of all kinds, and also requested to be allowed to check into a 5-Star Hotel instead of being admitted in the hospital.
“That request was rejected on the ground that he came into the country for medicals, and not as a tourist, especially with the Visa issued on medical grounds and not for tourism.
“He also demanded that Police protection be withdrawn from him by the Indian authorities.
“Against medical ethics and standard practice, he requested to nominate Doctors of his choice to join the ones tasked by Medanta Hospital to perform medical treatment on him and his wife.
“That demand created a stalemate as the Hospital insisted that he would not dictate to it on the choice of medical personnel to carry the required medical treatment.
“Frustrated by his antics, the Indian authorities have expressed willingness to return him to Nigeria with immediate effect. This is on the account that they will not allow him use their country to internationalise his group’s activities.
“Against this background, the Nigerian government wishes to commend the stand of the Indian Government as well as apologise to her for the unruly behaviour of El-Zakzaky.
“Similarly, the attention of the public and, indeed, the international community, is hereby drawn to these unfortunate developments,” the statement said.
The statement affirmed government’s readiness to prosecute El-Zakzaky through due process if and when he is returned to the country, urging Nigerians to ignore his claims that he was being held in circumstances worse than he was in Nigeria.
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