Barely 96 hours after landing in New Delhi for medical treatment, the
leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, has
discharged himself from the Medenta Hospital and is now on his way back
The President, Media Forum of IMN, Ibrahim Musa,
confirmed to our correspondent that El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, who
were airborne, left New Delhi around 5:00 p.m. Nigerian time.
in a statement blamed alleged interference by the Federal Government
for the scuttling of the IMN leader’s planned treatment.
“Following lack of breakthrough in the impasse that ensued in the
treatment in New Delhi of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, it is now confirmed
that the Sheikh is on his way back to Abuja.
In a video message
sent through his office, the Sheikh said it was decided that they will
be taken to the airport to be flown back to Nigeria. He has left Delhi
by 17:00 Nigerian time. He prayed that may that be the best option in
The group added, “The Nigerian government’s
interference and scuttling of the whole process rather than supervision
as ordered by the court is the direct cause of the impasse.”
government never wanted the medical leave in the first place, and did
whatever to stop it by all means possible,” Musa alleged.
had earlier refuted El-Zakzaky’s allegations, stating that he attempted
to violate the conditions of his treatment by making unreasonable
demands, including insisting on lodging in a five-star hotel in New
Delhi with free access to all manners of visitors.