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.
The leader of the Islamic Movement who walked towards the journalists in a white flowing gown with a turban, started the conversation in form of a joke.
Journalist: Can we have a word with you?
El-Zakzaky spoke for the first time in two years after security agents arrested him in December 2015.
Journalist: Do you have anything to add?
Recently, there were serious concerns over the health condition of the Shiites leader with serious suspicion that he has died in detention as a result of ill health.
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Also reacting to the issue, Falana in a letter dated November 7 and addressed to the President, demanded the immediate release of El-Zakzaky and his wife since the panel set up to investigate the incident has not recommended that they should be prosecuted indefinitely.
The cleric and his wife had sustained gunshot wounds during their arrests.
"He has lost an eye; he is in the process of losing the other one".
Members of his IMN group have staged series of processions across the northern states demanding the release of their leaders.
The rumoured death had culminated in members of his sect staging protests on the streets of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and Kaduna, with police using teargas to disperse them and arresting some of the protesters.