I am alive, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky speaks out

El-Zakzaky speaking to journalists

El-Zakzaky speaking to journalists

Trying to debunk his death rumour and douse tension among his followers, the Department of State Service (DSS) saturday allowed the detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (ISM), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, to speak to a select group of journalists, in his first public appearance since he was arrested in 2015.

On Saturday, PRNigeria provided the transcript from one-minute, 20 second of the interaction Sheikh El-zakzaky had with journalists at a Safe Facility in Abuja.

Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of Shiite Muslims in Nigeria. The rumour was denied by his lawyer, Femi Falana.

Speaking on the issue, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Lai Muhammad stated earlier that El-Zakzaky was still being held on the grounds of national security.

The security officers have allowed me to see my doctor, my personal doctor. Before, I'm used to being examined by security doctors, but this time, I did not agree.


"I am getting better, thanks to all your prayers", Mr. Zakzaky said before leaving for the vehicle.

The IMN leader and his wife were arrested on December 14, 2015in Zaria following a clampdown on Shiites by the Nigerian Army.

At least 350 Shia members were killed in the onslaught which has elicited criticisms of the army by human rights groups, including Amnesty International. The government refused to obey the order.

There have been series of protest by the Shiites members in different cities of the country calling for unconditional release of their leader and his wife, especially against the background of court rulings that ordered his release.

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