Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

By Ogbolu George

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has said it would hold the Nigerian government responsible if its leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, dies in detention.

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The sect urged acting President Yemi Osinbajo to obey the court judgement that ordered the release of its leader and his wife for urgent medical attention.

Also known as Shiites, the group accused the Federal Government of deliberately holding its leader in detention in order to turn him blind.

In statement issued by Mallam Ibrahim Musa, its spokeman, it claimed that the doctor assigned to its leader has told authorities that he would go blind if he is not given adequate medical attention.

”Thus far, the government has decided to play deaf, dumb and blind, as if all is well. The continued detention, illegally, in what it termed protective custody, against court orders and despite the doctor’s red alert is objectionable and condemnable.

”It is a moral obligation upon all people of conscience to show support and empathy to the plight of the oppressed Sheikh. Something urgent must be in place to save the deteriorating eye of Sheikh Zakzaky.” The group said.

El-Zakzaky was arrested in December 2015, in Kaduna, after a clash between the sect and the entourage of General Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff.