The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has again accused the Federal Government of frustrating efforts to take the sect leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, for medical treatment.
It claimed that the government did not allow his doctors and family members to see the sheikh in prison, stressing that “the government wants him dead.”
Disclosing this at a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday, a member of the Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Abdullahi Musa, said the movement feared for Zakzaky’s life.
He, therefore, called for the unconditional release of the Shi’ite leader and his wife, Zeenat.
Musa stated, “All the efforts to take Zakzaky for medical treatment have been frustrated by the government.
“He was not allowed to see his doctors and family members and he was denied basic needs in violation of the court order which directed that he should be given the necessary care while in prison custody.”
The sect said it would not be cowed by the “deceptive methods” employed by the Kaduna State government, noting that Zakzaky’s fate was not in the hands of the Kaduna State High Court as stated by Governor Nasir el-Rufai.
Musa noted, “Zakzaky is being denied medication and we fear for his life. There is no reason to hold him, they want him dead. Whatever happens to our leader Sheikh Zakzaky, we know the real culprits, and they alone will shoulder the consequences.”
The IMN said it would continue holding protests and street demonstrations to press for the sect leader’s release.
“We will continue to hold protests because that is the only option left for citizens where the government fails to obey court orders,” it noted.