El-Zakzaky may die soon, IMN members raise alarm

El-Zakzaky may die soon, IMN members raise alarm

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria on Saturday, September 12, announced at a press conference that their leader Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky health condition has continued to deteriorate because of the injuries he sustained during the December 2015 Massacre in Zaria.

The members said the seriously ailing Sheikh El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat are being held in a prison with substandard facilities.

Sheikh El-Zakzaky has been in detention since December 2015 despite a 2016 Federal High Court ruling ordering for his release.

Over three hundred and forty of his supporters were killed when soldiers attacked the cleric’s home and the Shi’a worship centre in Zaria.

Six of El-Zakzaky’s biological children were killed in these attacks.

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Members of the IMN said Sheikh El-Zakzaky is one of the most oppressed people in Nigeria’s history.

The cleric is due back in court on 29 September 2020 when a judge is expected to rule on an application asking for the dismissal of the case against him.

However, members are calling for his immediate release because of the deteriorating health of the Islamic cleric.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjoon Friday, September 11; lamented that the country was fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state.

Obasanjo made this disclosure at a consultative dialogue attended by members of Afenifere; Middle Belt Forum; Northern Elders Forum; Ohanaeze Ndigbo; and Pan Niger Delta Forum.

The former president blamed the situation on the recent mismanagement of diversity; and also the socio-economic development of the country.

In his speech at the event entitled ‘Moving Nigeria away from tipping over’, Obasanjo said:

“Today, Nigeria is fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state; economically our country is becoming a basket case as well as poverty capital of the world; and socially, we are firming up as an unwholesome and insecure country.

“And these manifestations are the products of recent mismanagement of diversity and socio-economic development of our country.

“Old fault lines that were disappearing have opened up in greater fissures and with drums of hatred; disintegration; and separation; and accompanying choruses being heard loud and clear almost everywhere.”

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