El-Zakzaky To Return To Nigeria As He Rejects Treatment From ‘Unknown Indian’ Doctors

Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who was flown to India for medical treatment last week, has refused being treated by the Indian doctors, because he claimed they were unknown to him. The Shiites leader insisted that he wants to be treated by the doctors who were booked to treat him before he and his wife left Nigeria.

A member of the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), disclosed this anonymously to PRNigeria anonymously, and lamented about the attitude of the Indian government, claiming they were treating El-Zakzaky as if he were a common criminal, even when no court in Nigeria has convicted him.

The source further disclosed that the Indian government has given El-Zakzaky deadline to leave the hospital, if he refuses to be treated by available doctors who had been cleared by their government.

“I just received a very worrying news from the Indian government that ultimatum has been given to the Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, to leave India if he does not agree to the Doctors specified to treat him. From the way this is going, he is being treated extremely bad”, the IHRC representative said.

“Under the current situation, it seems he has no choice other than to go back to Nigeria. He has been given some hours to respond to their ultimatum. This is to me is totally, utterly unacceptable by any standard, either international standards or Indian standards or that of humanity”, the IHRC top official said. “This is a man that has not been found guilty of anything to the extent that in his own country, the highest court has granted him permission that he should be treated. The Indian government by their behaviour depicts Sheikh El-Zakzaky as a criminal. This is really outrageous and those who stand for justice should please respond.”

Meanwhile, the Nigerian government issued a press release on the situation surrounding El Zakzaky’s treatment in India and why he may be returned to Nigeria soonest. Read the statement below…


PRESS RELEASE

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.

In line with the Court Order, El-Zakzaky was approved to embark on the trip with State officials and his choice to be accompanied by his aides and personal Doctors was not opposed by the government. On 12th August, 2019, he and other members of the entourage went to India via Dubai. It is to be noted that El-Zakzaky particularly chose Medanta Hospital, India. However, on reaching Dubai, El-Zakzaky began to display ulterior motives against laid down procedures.

He requested that his passport be handed over to him but the State officials would not budge to his pressure. The situation became worse in India as he refused to subject himself to preliminary medical checks. In addition, he demanded free movement and access to visitors of all kinds as well as requested to be allowed to check into a 5-Star Hotel instead of being admitted in the hospital.

The request was refused on the ground that he came into the country for medicals and not as a tourist (more so that his Visa was 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.

This created a stalemate, which 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 internationalize his group’s activities. Against this background, the Nigerian government wishes to commend the stand of the Indian Government as well as apologize 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 government also wishes to use this opportunity to affirm its readiness to undertake the prosecution of El-Zakzaky through due process if and when he is returned to the country. On this note, his foul cry that he is being held in circumstances worse than he was in Nigeria should be disregarded. Dcns. Grace Isu Gekpe Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Culture, Abuja 14th August, 2019.

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