The Federal Government has responded to the alleged blackmail of Movement in Nigeria (IMN) leader, Sheikh El-Zakzaky, who is in India for medical treatment, stating that he requested to be allowed to check into a 5-Star hotel instead of being admitted in the hospital.
The members of IMN on Tuesday alleged that Nigeria and United States secret service agents were working together to frustrate the medical treatment of their leader, El-Zakyzak, at Madenta Hospital, New Delhi, India.
However, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information, Grace Isu Gekpe, in a statement on Wednesday, said El-Zakyzak demanded free movement and access to visitors of all kinds as well as requested to be allowed to check into a 5-star hotel where he had been taken to for medical treatment following a court order.
“The request was refused on the ground that he came into the country for medicals and not as a tourist (more so that his Visa was issued on medical grounds and not for tourism). He also demanded that Police protection be withdrawn from him by the Indian authorities,” she said.
According to her, “Against medical ethics and standard practice, he requested to nominate Doctors of his choice to join the ones tasked by Medanta Hospital to perform medical treatment on him and his wife.
“This created a stalemate, which the Hospital insisted that he would not dictate to it on the choice of medical personnel to carry the required medical treatment.
“Frustrated by his antics, the Indian authorities have expressed willingness to return him to Nigeria with immediate effect. This is on the account that they will not allow him using their country to internationalize his group’s activities.
“Against this background, the Nigerian government wishes to commend the stand of the Indian Government as well as apologize to her for the unruly behaviour of El-Zakzaky. Similarly, the attention of the public and indeed the international community is hereby drawn to these unfortunate developments.
“The government also wishes to use this opportunity to affirm its readiness to undertake the prosecution of El-Zakzaky through due process if and when he is returned to the country. On this note, his foul cry that he is being held in circumstances worse than he was in Nigeria should be disregarded.”
A Kaduna State High Court had on August 5th, 2019 granted EL-Zakzaky leave to travel to India for medical treatment. Consequently, the government and its relevant agencies took steps to comply with the order.
She added that, “In line with the Court Order, El-Zakzaky was approved to embark on the trip with State officials and his choice to be accompanied by his aides and personal Doctors was not opposed by the government.
“On August, 12th 2019, he and other members of the entourage went to India via Dubai. It is to be noted that El-Zakzaky particularly chose Medanta Hospital, India. However, on reaching Dubai, El-Zakzaky began to display ulterior motives against laid down procedures.”
The Secretary of Academic Forum of the movement, Abdullahi Musa, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, stated that the security agents, who accompanied El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, have connived with foreign security agents and threatened the management of the hospital not to admit him for treatment.
The statement added that the agents believed to be working with US Embassy in India have perfected plans to frustrate the medical treatment.
The statement read in part, “Reports reaching us from the hospital indicate that the security agents are colluding with foreign security agents believed to be working for the American Government.”
According to him, “Earlier, even before the Sheikh arrived at the hospital, we gathered from competent source that officials of US Embassy in India instructed management of the hospital not to admit him there for treatment.”
The sect, however, called on international community and people of conscience to prevail on the Nigerian Government and it’s western masters to stop playing with the life of their leader and allow him access to the treatment.
“We are calling on the international community and people of conscience and humanity, especially those that facilitated the trip of the Sheikh to India for treatment to prevail on the Nigerian Government and it’s allies to stop playing with the life of our leader,” he said.
El-Zakzaky departed Nigeria on Monday to India aboard Emirates Airlines and was escorted by officers from National Intelligence Agency as well as his family members .