Just Like Buhari, El-Zakzaky Also Needs Urgent Medical Attention, Shi’ites Say

Sokoto State leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, widely known as Shi’ite, Malam Kasim Umar, has called on the federal government to immediately release Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky due to his deteriorating health.


He stated that just like President Muhammad Buhari, who urgently left the country to take care of his health, Zakzaky too was in desperate need of medical attention.

“It is confirmed that Malam’s health is deteriorating by the day,” he told newsmen on Saturday.

“He has lost one eye already and even the second eye is being affected. If left unattended to, he can lose it as well.

“The gunshot injury he sustained on one of his legs during the military clamp down in 2015 is still there.

“I am therefore appealing to the acting President who is a pastor and a renowned lawyer to release Malam as ordered by the Court for him to be properly checked and treated’’, he said.

On purported plan by the federal government to release Zakzaky to the Kaduna state government for prosecution, Umar expressed Shi’ites’ fears.

He stated that their leader would not be given fair trial, with Kaduna government planning to charge Zakzaky based on alleged offences committed over 30 years ago.

Umar appealed to other nations of the world, local and international human right groups to pressurize the federal government to obey existing court order and release the IMN leader. -DP

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