Wednesday 11 December 2019
News ID: 69344
Publish Date: 14 August 2019 - 21:53
ABUJA (Dispatches) -- The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) said on Wednesday its leader Ibrahim al-Zakzaky is being treated like a criminal in India where was flown in Monday for medical treatment.
Zakzaky and his wife were caged and not allowed any freedom at Medenta Hospital in New Delhi, the movement said.
Chairman of Free al-Zakzaky Committee Abubakar Abdurahman said the IMN leader may be brought back to Nigeria.
"We are already holding discussions about the plan. We may bring him back to Nigeria if the condition in the hospital did not improve,” he said.
Since Zakzaky arrived at the hospital, authorities "have caged him like a criminal”, Abdurahman said. Security was heightened and this was instigated by America, India and the Israeli regime, he added.
The cleric was flown to India on Monday following a Kaduna court order last week.
He had requested to be allowed to travel to India for advanced medical treatment following the deterioration of his health and that of his wife, Zeenah, in detention.
Both of them have been detained since December 2015 after a clampdown by soldiers who killed at least 347 IMN members.
In an audio message, Sheikh Zakzaky has accused the Nigerian government of frustrating his medical treatment in India. Speaking in Hausa, he said the situation at the hospital in India is "pathetic and worrisome”.
Zakzaky said the management of Medanta Hospital had been threatened not to admit him for treatment.
"The hospital officials received us well. They told us that they had parked two ambulance vehicles, deceiving the crowd while taking us out through another way, saying that it was for our own safety.
"On getting to the hospital, we were placed under a tighter security situation worse than what we have been witnessed in Nigeria. We are currently more confined than when we were in Nigeria, worse than a prison setting.
"Contrary to what was agreed before our arrival, that our own personal doctors would supervise this treatment. Now they’ve changed the arrangement. So, we objected receiving treatment from strange doctors without the supervision of our own trusted physicians,” he noted.
In the audio, the IMN leader said he wants to return to Nigeria to source for a reliable and trusted hospital among those countries that offered help.
"There are some other countries that volunteered to help which include Malaysia, Turkey,” Zakzaky said.
The IMN said Nigerian security agents were colluding with foreign security agents, who are believed to be working for the U.S. government.
It quoted a source as saying that before Sheikh Zakzaky’s arrival at New Delhi’s Madenta Hospital, officials from the American embassy in India had "threatened” the hospital’s management not to admit the clergyman.
"Even as the doctors were enthusiastically waiting to receive the Sheikh to save his life, the American secret agents have threatened the hospital officials not to go ahead to treat the Sheikh at the hospital,” the IMN said.
The group urged the international community to call on the Nigerian government "to stop playing with the life of” the senior Muslim cleric.
During the raid on the city of Zaria in 2015, the cleric lost his left eyesight and his wife also sustained serious wounds.

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