. Rejects FG’s overtures
Supreme leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, has again drawn the line in his running battle with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government, turning down the government’s proposal for his release from prison in return for cessation of activities by his sect.
El-Zakzaky’s position was made known by Zainab his wife who said that the Islamic cleric would not back down on “what Allah had sanctioned for him,” warning that government was toying with fire, if it thinks Zakazky could be cowed into submission.
Zainab described the proposal as nothing but a ploy to continuously keep Zakzaky behind bars, vowing he cannot give up the decades-long activities of the Islamic Movement.
She wondered why government which refused to obey the ruling of a Federal High Court that ordered her husband’s unconditional release since 2016 would turn around to attach strings to his release through the back door.
It will be recalled that the top cleric, who is standing trial on a charge of public disturbance, reportedly lost his left eye in a clash with soldiers during a raid on his residence in Zaria in December 2015.
The radical Muslim preacher ‘s wife also sustained serious wounds too in the clash that allegedly led to the death of his three of his sons, following which some of his followers were clamped into prison custody.