Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, has expressed optimism that his return to Nigeria from India is for the best.
Reacting to his imminent return to Nigeria from India in a video said to have been recorded before the Shiites leader boarded his return flight to Nigeria, El-Zakzaky said he was informed earlier that he and his wife would have to leave India.
His words: “You have already heard the messages regarding the ultimatum we were given of either we agree to be treated here on their terms or return home,” he said in Hausa.
“So a bit earlier they came here as inform us that they have decided to take us back to Nigeria. And now it is almost 10 pm (Indian time) and they have said they will come at 11:30 to take us to the airport in order to take us back to Abuja, this is what they have decided.
“And they have sent government representatives here to inform us of that… In sha Allah we will embark on the journey back home. We hope this will be for the best,” El-Zakzaky said.
Earlier, the Shi’a group had through its spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, in a statement, accused the federal government of frustrating the treatment of El-Zakzaky in India.
“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 had said.
Reacting to the furore, the Federal Government, through the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Culture, Grace Isu Gekpe, recalled the genesis of El-Zakzaky’s situation.
The Federal Government in a statement Monday night, August 14, recalled that the Court on 5th August 2019 granted EL-Zakzaky leave to travel to India for medical treatment.