The Advocate for Social Justice, a humanitarian group has raised the alarm over the deteriorating health of the Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife Zeenatuddin saying Zakzaky now limps while his wife is in a wheelchair.
The group in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Segun Fanimo, issues on Thursday in Kaduna advised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to on the humanitarian ground, grant Zakzaky and his wife who have been discharged and acquitted by a Kaduna State High Court the release of their travel documents to treat themselves of various ailments “as a result of the brutal attack unleashed on them by Nigeria.”
According to the statement, “Even President Muhammadu Buhari took time off from duty to attend to his worsening health situation outside Nigeria, so there is no justification to deny the Shiite leader the right to go to any country to attend to his worsening health condition.
“As you are aware, it has been over six months since the leader of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife were acquitted and discharged by Kaduna State High Court, after spending almost six years in illegal detention. Judge Gideon Kurada had, in his ruling delivered on July 30, 2021, upheld the no-case submission by the council of the defendant, Mr Femi Falana SAN.
“The couple who were arrested since December 2015 has been languishing in DSS custody, before being transferred to Kaduna Correctional Centre facility, under inhuman and degrading condition. Their medical situation was not properly attended to which is in addition to their mismanaged life-threatening gunshot injuries and numerous health complications that require serious intervention; as a result of which their health condition woefully deteriorated from bad to worse.”
He added, “Information available indicates that their health condition is deteriorating as Sheikh could be seen limping and his wife, Malama Zeenatuddin Ibrahim confined to a wheelchair.
“We called on the President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation to release the Sheikh and his wife travels documents so that they can seek medical attention abroad.”