Press Conference: Still On The Seriously Deteriorating Health Of Sheikh Zakzaky And His Wife

Press Conference

On 22nd day of January, 2019, the legal counsel of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and Malamah Zeenah Ibraheem made an application requesting unrestricted access to their doctors for urgent medical attention.

Subsequent to that development, the Kaduna State High Court, presided by Justice G. Kurada granted the request to allow the defendant’s chosen physicians to examine them.

Due to bureaucratic, logistical and other challenges, the team of doctors was only able to arrive and examine them in the late April 2019. In order to appraise the situation, the physicians requested that a number of medical investigations be conducted.

In spite of the fact that most of the facilities capable of carrying out these medical investigations were present in and within the Kaduna Area, much time was wasted due to the DSS insisting that the investigations were to take place in Abuja.

The DSS eventually allowed both the medical examinations and investigations to take place in Kaduna. Furthermore the DSS went on to facilitate all the necessary arrangements to make the examinations and investigstions successful.

The investigations were all carried out between the 24th and 27th of April 2019. All results were subsequently handed over to the Doctors.
Having received the investigation results, the medical team went on to produce a preliminary in-depth report which was immediately handed over to the relevant authorities.

Based on all of the above, the team of Doctors produced a comprehensive final report that addressed all the relevant medical issues revealed by the investigation results.

Based on the report, an application was drafted and filed with the Kaduna State High Court on 17th day of June, 2019.

The results of the investigations pointed to a significant number of serious medical concerns.

Firstly, in the case of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, the report stated that he had obstructed blood flow to the heart (Myocardial Ischemia and Left ventricular hypertrophy), which poses a serious risk of a heart attack. He have severe cervical spondylitis causing nerve root compression.

In his right eye the diagnosis was severe visual impairment, progressive open angle glaucoma and progressive macular atrophy and other issues that can inevitably lead to permanent blindness.

In the left eye the diagnosis was Anophthalmia, which is to say that the left eye is completely absent.

Furthermore, symptoms of heavy metal poisoning were also observed. The heavy metal investigations conducted revealed extremely high concentrations of lead and cadmium in his blood. Meaning that even this heavy metal poisoning alone, is a very serious medical emergency.

The Shaikh as emphasised by the Doctors’ team, is thus required to have an urgent chelation therapy for both lead and cadmium, whose management requires highly specialised settings.

Experts in the area have also highlighted this therapy to be highly critical, especially due to the numerous ailments mentioned above, and in addition to issues known to be usually associated with chelation therapies, all requires URGENT and very critical interventions. They also re-emphasised the URGENT need of taking the Shaikh for treatments in a more specialised facility outside Nigeria.

Secondly, in the case of Malama Zeenah Ibraheem, the report stated Sinus arrhythmia, a condition characterized by heart rhythms that fluctuate between being too fast or too slow. She also have severe bilateral knee osteoarthritis, which is a painful and crippling condition, requiring urgent surgical intervention.

Hyperthyroidism is diagnosed. Hepato-biliary pathology indicated liver and biliary complications. A mature cataract in the left eye; as well as other debilitating issues, including severe attacks of abdominal pains and nausea have all been reported by the Doctors, in Malamah’s case.

We are still awaiting a reply from the Kaduna State High Court as of now.

Based on these situations, we wish to state that these are urgent medical emergencies, in every sense of the word. It is obviously so clear that the very lives of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and Malamah Zeenah Ibraheem are critically at risk and highly unstable. In fact, the physician team have already warned that the two may lose their lives if an urgent medical treatment is not provided to them.

Consequently, this medical emergency situation should be dealt with immediately.
It is also clear that all of the previously mentioned medical conditions have developed as a direct result of wanton negligence and untimely interventions, caused by the unnecessarily restricted nature of their access to proper medical attentions for the past three years.

We therefore find it atrocious that their health has been allowed to deteriorate in this manner. Unless if the aim of the current administration is to covertly assassinate them while in custody.

Finally, we wish to reiterate our demand, that Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and Malamah Zeenah Ibraheem should be urgently allowed to travel abroad for standard medical treatments.

This is part of their right to life provided by the law. This is a fundamental right of every citizens under section 33 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFRN),1999 as amended and article 4 of African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, Cap.A10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria ( LFN), 2004.


Mikail Yunus

Academic Forum Of The Islamic Movement In Nigeria