El-Zakzaky makes public appearance after 2yrs in DSS detention


El-Zakzaky spoke to journalists in a brief interaction at a Safe Facility of DSS in Abuja.

The detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has made his first public appearance more than two years after he was detained by the Nigerian government.

Sheikh El-Zakzaky: If they agree and allow me (He says so jokingly) Journalist: How are you feeling now?

According to report, he wore a white flowing gown with turban during the encounter with the newsmen, during which he reportedly cracked jokes with the newshounds.

Sheikh Zakzaky: How are you?

When asked about his state of health, Zakzaky said, "It was severe on me on Monday, but subsequently it started subsiding and for the first time at least the security allowed me to see my own Doctors".

Journalist: Can we have a word with you?

Journalist: Do you have anything to add.

But the DSS and his lawyer, Femi Falana both dispelled the stories, and affirmed that he is still alive.

There had been rumors surrounding his well-being, with speculations that he may have died in detention.

The cleric and his wife sustained gunshot wounds during their arrests.

Explaining the reasons for showing him to the public with his wife, the spokesperson of DSS, Mr. Nnanna Nnochiri, said that it was basically to dispel his death rumour.

Members of the IMN group have been staging series of processions across the northern states demanding their release.

Fifty-three of his followers were arrested recently by the Police in Abuja following one of such protests.