Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), has made new revelations about his trip to India and detention in Nigeria.
In a video which recently surfaced online, El-Zakzaky revealed to an unidentified Indian journalist that he enjoyed more freedom in detention in Nigeria than he did in India because his detention facility was comfortable and it was close to the home of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan.
The Shi’ite leader, in his revelation, denied rumours making the rounds that he was living in a poor condition which negatively affected his health and that of his wife, Zeenat.
“I have been about four years in prison now; a house fully furnished. In fact, our next neighbour was the Senate President; a large house. I was free to move about,” he said.
“Similarly, when they moved me to Kaduna I was in the best area – government reserved area. It is a house fully furnished with large bedrooms and I was free. I have never been in detention with police there; in fact, the soldiers used to stay outside at the gate. That is what they have been doing. When we came here, we were put in prison.
“I will definitely prefer another hospital. I was told that some Shi’ite Ulama came and said I should be allowed to be treated in India.”
The biggest revelation El-Zakzaky made was that he sponsored his medical trip to India.
“They said I am the one to take myself to hospital, not the government. We bought our own tickets, the government people with us bought their own.
“Somehow, when we came here, we learnt the embassy changed the story. We learnt the Nigerian government told them they are bringing in two patients charged with a criminal offence, and they also solicited the support of the Indian government for the security of these people; they also spoke with the hospital about what to do. And they claim they are the ones bringing us,” he explained.