Dr Abubakar Yahaya, the personal physician to the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as the Shi’ites, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has lambasted the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of federation, Abubakar Malami, for making reckless statements regarding the health status of the scholar and his wife, Zeenat. 

Malami had claimed that the Nigerian government did not seize the International Passport of the couple stating that there was no fresh evidence showing the Sheikh and his wife were suffering from any health challenges.

But in a statement personally signed by Yahaya on Monday in Abuja, he described the minister's claims as malicious falsehood, unfounded and ridiculous.

Yahaya noted that the statement was an indication that Malami had admitted guilt and was being hunted by conscience adding that fresh evidence had confirmed that the couple were still suffering from several health challenges of great concern.

He said the latest medical report conducted on September 24, 2021 revealed that El-Zakzaky and his wife had 11 multi-morbidities of great concern which include; heart disease; left ventricular hypertrophy; left and right thalamic stroke; cervical/ lumbar spondylosis with radiculopathy; left eye anophthalmia; right eye advanced-progressive glaucoma; benign prostate hypertrophy.

Others are; Heavy metal poisoning of Lead (Pb) and Cadmium (Cd); Penetrating forearm soft tissue injuries; Metallic foreign bodies following multiple gunshot injuries up to 55 pellets that are currently still embedded, not extracted from the Sheikh) on the scalp, orbital, left forearm and left lateral/thigh; and Dyslipidaemia.

The statement reads in part, “Furthermore, a professional clinical expert brought by the DSS has similarly connected some of the ailments being suffered by the two as attributable to the heavy metals (report available).

“In order to avert the life-threatening situations for both the Sheikh and his wife, many of the above-listed co-morbidities are still requiring various types of surgical interventions, which were previously recommended and even planned for by experts; unfortunately, none are yet to be conducted.

“Well established international standards (WHO, CDC, ATSDR, MSF–full references available) have recommended that interventions for such kind of multiple gunshot pellet conditions (even without the above listed co-morbidities), always require the extraction of all or most of the bullet fragments first, before any conventional chelation therapy commences by expert clinical toxicologists in a competent clinical setting, without which the release of heavy metals in to the blood and neurologic systems of the Sheikh and his wife is bound to continue recurring.

"It is thus very disturbing and extremely inhumane that the two are still being forced by the authorities concerned to remain in Nigeria, where no comprehensive interventions for such a clinical toxicology solution in presence of all the listed co-morbidities are available.

“While they are still suffering, only the traditional therapeutic efforts remained accessible to the Sheikh on his heavy metal poisoning for over two years now, despite which the lead level is still found to be high in a recent serum sample (tested on 13th October 2021, lab-report available), thereby re-affirming the overall conditions to remain still life-threatening.

“All the above are well known by the DSS, the court and all other relevant authorities. It was in fact due to the above medical findings in 2019 that the Kaduna High Court eventually ordered for both of them to be flown for proper surgical and medical interventions.

“The professional team of doctors, including those sent by the DSS and the Kaduna State Administration then, confirmed the Sheikh and his wife to have up to 8 and 6 serious illnesses, respectively.

“It is also a fact that efforts to offer them the required clinical interventions in India were completely thwarted and they were returned to Nigeria by the security agents that travelled along with them. Ever since their return from India, none of the required interventions has been administered to either the Sheikh or his wife, and this remains the case to this day.”

 

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