NEW DELHI: Prominent Nigerian leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife Mallimah Zinat have returned to Nigeria, following the lack of coordination and interference in his medical treatment in India.
“The interference of the government raised suspicion that it was planning to kill the Sheikh in India using international connections,” his office in a statement Friday said.
Zakzaky has spent three days in Gurugram’s Medanta multi-super specialty hospital after he has been granted permission by the Kaduna high court to travel to India for medical treatment.
“It is glaringly clear that the Nigerian government had an ulterior motive it was nursing using its connections in India when it violated the court order and interfered with the Sheikh’s treatment procedures,” the statement added.
The leader has finally expressed his desire to return to Nigeria since he was not granted access to his personal physicians.
Meanwhile, the leader and his wife were holed up in the VIP section of the airport by the Department of State Services (DSS) personnel and have been reportedly detained again by the local authorities.
The couple has arrived aboard an Ethiopian Airlines by 12 pm at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja.
On Thursday, India’s Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi visited Zakzaky at Medanta hospital and offered his help which, according to reports, was much appreciated by the ailing leader.
“Sheikh Zakazky and Mallimah Zinat have stated they will return to Nigeria rather than continue to be harassed and denied the medical care they require in India,” the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), a non-profit organisation, earlier said.
In 2015, Zakzaky’s residence was raided on the basis of the Nigerian blaming that his supporters had blocked a convoy of the country’s defense minister, and strategically continued to harass the leader.
The Nigerian security sleuths had beaten him severely during the raid, and his wife sustained serious injuries, while three of his sons were killed with nearly 500 of his supporters were massacred.
The Nigerian government has been categorically criticised for its harsh and inhuman treatment to a 66-year old cleric who has been in detention since 2015 and that has also fuelled protests worldwide.