THE leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Ibrahim EL-Zakzaky has described the condition of his stay at the Medanta Hospital in New Delhi, India as pathetic and worrisome.
El-zakzaky in audio, on Wednesday, alleged that the Nigerian government was frustrating his medical treatment with stringent security measures, worst than his stay in Nigeria.
“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,” the cleric said.
He accused the federal government of failing to meet their own end of the bargain by interfering with the medical treatment been administered to him.
“The hospital officials received us well they told us that they parked two ambulance vehicles, deceiving the crowd while taking us out through another way, saying that it was for our own safety.
“…Back home in Nigeria, they agreed that nobody should take us to any other hospital aside the hospital of our choice but we got to realize that the doctors they brought to us were there just to give advice,” he said.
He lamented that the government had programmed them for another detention in India after a prolonged one in Nigeria.
“All what we have seen here, have shown us that there is no trust, they just brought us here for another detention,” He said.
He added that they lacked the freedom they barely had in Nigeria, as security agencies were locked on every angle of his hospital apartment.
“I have been in detention for about thirteen years but I’ve never seen this kind of security that I’m seeing here, even at the door of my hospital room, there are many security personnel waiting, heavily armed.
They didn’t even allow me to go to the next room, I started asking myself, all these while I’ve been in detention, I’ve never seen this type. Even if I’m in the cell, they usually lock us up around 9pm and open the cell around 7 am and they allow us to go anywhere we want in the area we are,” he said.
Reacting to this, Abdullahi Musa, secretary of the academic forum of IMN, confirmed the authenticity of the audio as true, The Cable report.
Musa alleged that the federal government had conspired with the India government “to scuttle the treatment”.
“They brought a new set of doctors instead of the ones the Sheikh (El-Zakzaky) made prior arrangements with,” he said.
“So, the Sheikh smelled a rat and refused to submit himself to the doctors to treat him. He asked them why they prevented him from seeing the doctors he had earlier made arrangements with? So he said he will not allow them to treat him,” Musa noted.
El-Zakzaky was a Monday flown out of the country to India for medical treatment, following a court order by the Kaduna High court.
The cleric had reportedly been battling ill-health, due to lack of care.
El-zakzaky was arrested and detained since December 2015, alongside his wife, Zeenat.