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 to Nigeria.
The President, Media Forum of IMN, Ibrahim Musa, confirmed to a PUNCH correspondent that El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, who were airborne, left New Delhi yesterday around 5:00 p.m. Nigerian time.
Musa in a statement blamed alleged interference by the Federal Government for the scuttling of the IMN leader’s planned treatment.
It said, “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 circumstances.”
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.”
“The government never wanted the medical leave in the first place, and did whatever to stop it by all means possible,” Musa alleged.
The Federal government 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.