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El-Zakzaky requests immediate return to Nigeria over pathetic situation of Indian hospital

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The leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky has requested to be returned to a Nigerian hospital as the condition at the Indian hospital he was taken to was worse than that of Nigeria.

El-Zakzaky spoke on Wednesday in an audio message that went viral.

Recall that the cleric leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), and wife, Zeenat, were flown to India two days ago in order to access better medical treatment.

Both of them have been detained since December 2015 after a clampdown by soldiers who killed at least 347 IMN members.

In the audio message, El-Zakzaky accused the Nigerian government of frustrating his medical treatment in India.

The Shi’ites leader spoke in Hausa language in the tape.

He said the hospital in India is in a “pathetic and worrisome situation.”

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He also alleged that the management of Medanta Hospital, New Delhi, had been threatened not to admit him for treatment.

“The hospital officials received us well, they told us that they parked two ambulance vehicles, deceiving the crowd while taking us out through another way, saying that it was for our own safety.

“On getting to the hospital, we are placed under a tighter security situation worse than what we have been witnessing in Nigeria. We are currently more confined than when we were in Nigeria, worse than prison setting.

“Contrary to what was agreed before our arrival, that our own personal doctors would supervise this treatment. Now they’ve changed the arrangement. So, we objected receiving treatment from strange doctors without the supervision of our own trusted physicians,’’ he noted.

In the audio, the IMN leader, however, requested to be taken back to Nigeria in order to scout for a reliable and trusted hospital among the countries that offered help.

“There are some other countries that volunteered to help which include Malaysia, (and) Turkey,’’ he added.

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