El-Zakzaky Suffers Stroke In Detention
The Leader of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has suffered a suspected stroke.
The 68-year-old reportedly speaks with a slur and can no longer stand for prayers, and is on the verge of losing his eyesight.
El-Zakzaky has been in detention since December 2015, following a violent clash in Zaria, Kaduna State, between members of his group and the Nigerian military.
Addressing a press conference in Kaduna, the Chairman of the Resource Forum of the IMN, Professor Abdullahi Danladi, said a recent visit by family members of the detained leader indicated that his health had taken a dive for the worse.
According to him, the detained leader’s wife, who is also being held by government, has bullets lodged in her body that had not been extracted.
He said: “Following a rare visit to our leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, it was discovered that the health situation of the Sheikh has taken a nosedive for the worse.
“He had suffered what turned out to be a stroke but the authorities illegally detaining him had kept a blind eye to his dire situation.
“It emerged that his health condition suffered severe knocks in the past week, such that he was critically ill and was in urgent need of the best medical attention possible but Buhari's administration is negligent about it.
“He suffered slurred speech, weakness of the right side of the upper limb and general weakness of both lower limbs and, consequently, has been unable to walk or even stand for the past one week. The Sheikh is also known to be hypertensive for more than 10 years.
“As we focus our attention on the deteriorating health of Sheikh Zakzaky, we are not oblivious of the medical condition of his wife, Malama Zeenah Ibrahim.
"For reasons best known to the State Security Service, some of the bullets lodged in her body during the brutal attack of December 14, 2015, have not been extracted up till now".
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