Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

El-Zakzaky Speaks, Says I Am Hale And Hearty

El-Zakzaky Speaks, Says I Am Hale And Hearty

Head of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shiite group, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky spoke to the Nigerian media Saturday afternoon.

To douse tension of his speculated death, the authorities facilitated a one-minute and 20 seconds' interaction between Sheikh El-Zakzaky with journalists at a Safe Facility in Abuja.

The Shiite leader, who held a walking stick, also disclosed that the DSS allowed his personal doctors access to him for the first time.

Sheikh: If they agree and allow me.

The sect had in July 2014 similarly encountered the military and three of El-Zakzaky children were among those cut down in the violence.

"So it was my own doctors who examined me".

"Clinically he (El-Zakzaky) is not dead yet".

But the DSS and his lawyer, Femi Falana both dispelled the stories, and affirmed that he is still alive.

"So it was my own doctors who examined me".

"I am getting better, thanks to all your prayers", the IMN leader added.

Also reacting to the issue, Falana in a letter dated November 7 and addressed to the President, demanded the immediate release of El-Zakzaky and his wife since the panel set up to investigate the incident has not recommended that they should be prosecuted indefinitely.

El-zakzaky has been in the custody of the Nigerian Army since members of the group clashed with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Burutai, on December 12, 2015.

At least 347 members Shiites were killed and secretly buried in mass graves by the army.

In December 2016, A Federal High Court in Abuja ordered his immediate release but the government is yet to obey that order.

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