Initiative for Conciliation and Right Protection (ICRP), a human rights group has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to let Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky have access to healthcare and not let the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (NIM) leader die in prison custody as a result of his deteriorating health condition.
This was disclosed by the group while addressing a press conference on the health of the Shiite leader and prolonged detention of El-Zakzaky and his wife.
Mr Ahmed Shuaib, who spoke with the journalists, pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to obey the court order that says the government should release Zakzaky.
He said, “On April 25, 2019, a delegation of expert doctors and consultants led by the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) gained access to Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife for the first time and conducted initial medical investigations on both the Sheikh and his wife.
“What came out from the investigation was very disturbing. ICRP medical team were able to have some explanation about the results which part of it states that in the case of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, he had obstructed blood flow to the heart (Myocardial Ischemia and Left ventricular hypertrophy) which poses a serious risk of a heart attack. Severe cervical spondylitis causing nerve root compression.
“In his right eye, the diagnosis was severe visual impairment, progressive open angle glaucoma, and progressive macular atrophy and other issues that can inevitably lead to permanent blindness. In the left eye, the diagnosis was anophthalmia, which is to say that the left eye is entirely absent.
“Furthermore (Symptoms of heavy metal poisoning were also observed.) The tests revealed unusually high concentrations of lead and cadmium in his blood. Meaning that the full extent of the damage may yet be much higher than can be easily ascertained.”
“Both of them have a high-level degree of injuries they sustained from the gunshots of the military while they were attacked in their home in December 2015.
“Their state of health has been deteriorating due to the negligence and untimely interventions, caused by the unnecessarily restricted nature of their access to medical care for nearly four years,” the group said.
The Human Right Group want the president to order the military to allow Zakzaky and his wife have access to medical attention outside the Country.
“All citizens have the rights to life and health. This means nobody, including the government, can deprive them of that right. It also means the government should take appropriate measures to safeguard the life of all people by making laws to protect anyone whose life is at risk.
“This is part of their right to life provided by the law. This is a fundamental right of every citizen under section 33 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFRN),1999 as amended and article 4 of African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, Cap.A10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria ( LFN), 2004,” they stated.