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Iran Urges Nigerian Government To Send El-Zakzaky Over For Treatment

Jayfred Ugo

The Islamic Republic of Iran has sent a letter urging the Federal Government of Nigeria to send Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky to Iran for treatment. According to Iranian sources, the Shiites ruler sustained an injury to his left eye which has not been properly treated and the health of the head of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is fragile.

The Attorney General, best known as Prosecutor General in Iran, Mohammed Motazeri, termed the Judiciary as the "last hope of the common man", insisting that the Nigerian Judiciary should grant the Shiites leader, El-Zakzaky, bail.

He further lamented on the poor medical condition of El-Zakzaky and criticized the ability of the federal government in handling religious crisis.

“I, as the prosecutor general of the Islamic Republic of Iran, urge the Nigerian judicial authorities (to take steps) in line with their judicial independence and support for a captive citizen, and provide the ground for his release and transfer him to the Islamic Republic of Iran for treatment,” Motazeri said in his letter to Nigeria.

The feud between the Shiites and the federal government started three years ago in a small northern town in Zaria when a convoy of the Nigerian Army led by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Brutai, was refused access to ply a road across the town by members of the Islamic group.

The army, therefore, raided the town, killing over 300 followers, including the three sons of El-Zakzaky. El-Zakzaky himself sustained grave injuries to his left eye and his wife sustained fatal injuries, too. He has since been reprimanded in the custody of the Nigerian government.