The Federal Government on Friday explained the circumstances that led to the “repatriation” of the leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-zakzaky, from India.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Grace Gekpe in a statement in Abuja, said “acts of misconduct exhibited by El-Zakzaky in India necessitated his repatriation”.
She added that it was El-Zakzaky himself that chose the Medanta Hospital in India for his treatment; the Federal Government gave him the option to choose any hospital in the world and he chose Medanta.
She said that El-Zakzaky used the opportunity of being in India to attempt to internationalise his cause by mobilising the right groups.
She added that the most unfortunate and embarrassing aspect was his quest to be relocated to a five-star hotel to receive visitors instead of being admitted in the hospital as a sick person he claimed to be.
Gekpe explained further that in spite of his misconduct, El-Zakzaky’s spouse went further to antagonise the Indian and Nigerian security agents and accused them of killing her children. The Nigerian Government and its relevant agencies took steps to comply with a Kaduna High court order that granted El-Zakzaky leave to travel to India for medical treatment.