Suhaila Zakzaky, daughter of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has revealed her fears for his father’s life whom she says is suffering from lead poisoning.
Suhaila told the BBC in an interview that the poisoning may be from shrapnel when her father was shot in 2015.
“I am really worried… especially because of the lead and cadmium poisoning,” she said.
“His doctors say if he gets to a certain level his organs could start failing and that’s really scary because that means he could just die at any moment.”
El-Zakzaky, who arrived at Medanta Hospital, New Delhi, India on Tuesday, alleged “pathetic and worrisome” situation in an audio message made public on Wednesday.
He said the Federal Government had frustrated his treatment in India.
He complained about the tight security he was subjected to which he described as “worse than a prison setting”.
“Contrary to what was agreed before our arrival, that our own personal doctors would supervise this treatment. Now they’ve changed the arrangement. So, we objected receiving treatment from strange doctors without the supervision of our own trusted physicians,” El-Zakzaky had said.
The Federal Government, however, replied that the IMN leader was up to something, saying he was making unreasonable demands, including wanting to check into a 5-star hotel.
The IMN leader and his wife have been in detention since their arrest in December 2015 after violence that saw the army kill some 350 of his followers.