The Federal Government have raised an alarm over alleged plans by the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, to seek asylum in India.
The federal government says the Shi’ite leader demanded free movement and access to visitors of all kinds.
El-Zakzaky was also said to have requested to be allowed to check into a 5-star hotel instead of being admitted in the hospital, reports from Channels TV say.
The call was contained in a statement by the permanent secretary of the ministry of information and culture, Grace Isu Gekpe.
According to the Permanent Secretary, in line with a court order, El-Zakzaky was approved to embark on a trip to India with state officials and his choice to be accompanied by his aides and personal doctors was not opposed by the government.
Gekpe said, if an Indian court had granted El-zakzaky 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.
The statement read in part:
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.
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.
Having subordinated the quest for medical treatment to other ulterior motives, it became obvious that El-Zakzaky was focused on realising some sinister motives thus the decision to return him to Nigeria.