…reporting for development.
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has
accused the federal government of frustrating the medical treatment of Ibrahim
El-Zakzaky, their leader, in India.
El-Zakzaky and his wife left Nigeria for the Asian country on
Monday based on a leave granted by a Kaduna high court.
He was accompanied by some family members and
In a statement on Tuesday, Abdullahi Musa, secretary
of academic forum of the movement, alleged that the federal government and some
security operatives “working for the US government” were conniving to ensure
that the IMN leader would not be treated.
He said the management of Medanta Hospital, New
Delhi, had been threatened not to admit him for treatment.
The group added that the agents believed to be
working with American embassy in India have perfected strategies to
“Reports reaching us from the hospital indicate that
the security agents are colluding with foreign security agents believed to be
working for American government,” the statement read.
“Even before the Sheikh arrived the hospital, we
gathered from competent source that officials of American embassy in India
instructed management of the hospital not to admit the Sheikh for treatment.
“The source added that even as the doctors
were enthusiastically waiting to receive the Sheikh to save his life, the
American secret agents have threatened the hospital officials not to go ahead
to treat the Sheikh at the hospital.”
The group, however, called on international
community and “people of conscience” to prevail on the Nigerian government and
its “western masters” to stop playing with the life of their leader.
On his arrival in India on Wednesday, medical
officials received El-Zakzaky and he was stretched into a waiting mobile
intensive care ambulance.
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