An undisclosed official at the presidency has explained why the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, would not be released.
According to the official who spoke on the condition of anonymity as seen on Vanguard, he said that it would be against national security and national interest to release El-Zakzaky now.
The official who cited Section 14 (2)(b), stated that; “Major constitutional policy objective of government as stated in section 14 (2) (b) is public and not individual security.”
“The issue of the release of Zak zaky is not exclusively legal. It has security and public implications as against individual interest. Public interest and national security implications must be considered, in line with international practices that conventionally place national security and public interest above individual claim of right.
“The Federal Government is looking into the case, more importantly the public and security implications,” the official said.
Regarding the detention of El-Zakzaky’s wife, Zeenab, the official said that she isn’t of any security interest, rather the federal government was merely keeping her to be with her husband in the apartment were his is kept.
“She is not under detention. If it is her wish, that of her husband or of the IMAN, she will allowed to go home in a matter of hours,” the source noted.
“They took her along with the husband, treated her wounds and allowed her to care for her husband. Upon his request on an occasion, the children joined them during Ramadan. That is what happened,” the source added