The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to allow their detained leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife, Malama Zeenah travel abroad for medical treatment.
According to Mikail Yunus, spokesman for the IMN in a statement on Wednesday, the appeal to allow their leader and wife to travel abroad for medical treatment is due to the ‘deteriorating health’ condition of the pair who have both been held in detention since December 2015 by the Nigerian Government.
“Based on reports, we wish to state that this is an urgent medical emergency, in every sense of the word. This is because it is clear that the very lives of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and Malama Zeenah Ibraheem are critically at risk and highly unstable,” he said.
Yunus added, that the teams of physicians have already warned that the two may lose their lives if urgent medical treatment is not provided to them, hence the need for the medical emergency to be administered to them.
“It is clear that all of the previously mentioned medical conditions have developed as a direct result of wanton negligence and untimely interventions, caused by the unnecessarily restricted nature of their access to medical attention for the past three years. We, therefore, find it atrocious that their health has been allowed to deteriorate in this manner,” he said.
Yunus also added that Zakzaky and his wife urgently need to travel abroad for medical treatment adding that it is part of their right to life provided by the law.
“This is a fundamental right of every citizen under section 33 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,1999 as amended and article 4 of African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, Cap.A10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN), 2004,” he said
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