President Muhammad Buhari
President Muhammad Buhari

FG Explains ‘Repatriation’ of Zakzaky from India

The Federal Government wishes to inform the public about the latest developments in the Ibraheem Elzakzaky medical trip controversies to India.

The Government notes with dismay the acts of misconduct exhibited by Elzakzaky that necessitated his repatriation to Nigeria.

The earlier statement of 14th August 2019 by the Government addressed the issues that would have raised some questions with the latest occurrences and particularly the uncelebrated return of Elzakzaky from India. The public may note that El-Zakzaky’s actions in India demonstrated malicious intents that were capable of embarrassing the Governments of Nigeria and India.

With total disrespect and complete loss of decorum for international procedures while in India, he initiated contacts with a team of lawyers led by Ali Zia Kabir Chaudary and Gunjan Singh in that country. He also contacted some Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), such as the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) and other Shiite groups. His aim was to seek asylum and eventually relocate to another country.

It is important to note that if an Indian Court had granted El-Zakaky asylum or leave to travel to another country, it would have violated the Nigerian court order that granted him permission to travel for medical treatment. However, he used the opportunity of being in India to attempt to internationalise his cause by mobilising the Rights groups. Even most unfortunate and rather embarrassing as earlier stated was his quest to be relocated to a 5-star hotel to receive visitors instead of being admitted in the hospital as a sick person he claimed to be.

In spite of his misconduct, Elzakzaky’s spouse went further to antagonise Indian and Nigerian security agents and accused the latter of killing her children. These acts were aimed at winning international sympathy as well as disparaging the Nigerian Government. Having subordinated the quest for medical treatment to other ulterior motives, it became obvious that El-Zakaky was focused on realising some sinister motives thus the decision to return him to Nigeria.

Grace Isu Gekpe
Permanent Secretary
Federal Ministry of Information and Culture
Abuja