- The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, claimed that he was being held in circumstance worse than he was in Nigeria
- The federal government has called on Nigerians to disregard the claim by El-Zakzaky who is currently in India for treatment
- The federal government says the Shi'ite leader demanded free movement and access to visitors of all kinds
- El-Zakzaky was also said to have requested to be allowed to check into a 5-star hotel instead of being admitted in the hospital
- The federal government says Indian authorities have expressed willingness to return the Shi'ite leader to Nigeria with immediate effect
The federal government has called on Nigerians to disregard the cry by the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, that he was being held in circumstance worse than he was in Nigeria.
The call was contained in a statement on Wednesday, August 14, by the permanent secretary of the ministry of information and culture, Dcns Grace Isu Gekpe.
Gekpe said that in line with a court order, El-Zakzaky was approved to embark on a trip to India with state officials and his choice to be accompanied by his aides and personal doctors was not opposed by the government.
The statement read: "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.
"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 said to have been refused on the basis that he came into the country for medicals and not as a tourist.
El-Zakzay was also said to have demanded that police protection be withdrawn from him by the Indian authorities, a request which was refused.
The statement added: "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."
Legit.ng previously reported that Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), lamented situations at Indian hospital, describing it as “pathetic and worrisome situation”.
According to the Shi'ite leader, conditions at the Indian hospital he was taken to is worse than that of Nigeria.
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