Indian Govt. denies undermining Shiites leader, El Zakzaky’s medical treatment
The government of India has denied allegations that it undermined the medical treatment of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky who is in the country for treatment.
India’s High Commission in Abuja, while responding to inquiries about the status of El Zakzaky’s medical treatment being undermined by the country, denied reports that Indian security services are collaborating with their Nigerian counterparts to confine the Shiites leader and his wife.
The Indian government, in refuting claims made by the IMN that it is undermining the medical treatment of its leader and his wife, Zeenat, said they are doing everything possible to make the Shiite leader and his wife get the best treatment.
In an audio message recorded in Hausa language and sent to his followers, Sheikh Zakzaky had accused the Indian government of conniving with the Nigerian government to undermine his treatment, adding that the conditions at the Indian hospital he was taken to was worse than that of Kirikiri prison.
“On getting to the hospital, we are placed under a tighter security situation worse than what we have been witnessing in Nigeria. We are currently more confined than when we were in Nigeria, worse than prison setting,” he said.
However, reacting to the allegations, the India High Commission said there was ‘no condition’ attached to the pair’s medical request or ‘ultimatum by India’ for them to leave the country. The commission was responding to inquiries from some Nigerians via its Twitter handle – @india_nigeria.
“Please be assured that medical treatment at reputed Indian hospitals is provided to consenting patients, as per medical norms.
“Protocol and safety steps are taken as necessary. There is no condition or ultimatum by India,” the commission tweeted.
It also denied reports that Indian police and security services are collaborating with Nigerian security services to confine the Shiites leader and his wife.
“Such reports are not true. India has always been responsive to humanitarian requests. Medical treatment request was received from both the patient and the government of Nigeria, and we readily agreed. No other connotation should be attached to the matter,” the commission said.