Shaikh Zakzaky’s Trip To India: The True Story: An Eye Witness Account -By Zeenah Ibraheem
I decided to publicize this write up now, because my attention was drawn to some erroneous claims made by a recent press statements made by the Attorney General, Malami Abubakar about our frustrated trip to Indian in August 2019.
Following the court order and also the presidential approval for Shaikh Zakzaky H and Myself to seek for medical treatment in India but under what the judge called ” Strict supervision” by the government, the State security service, DSS agents invited our family members to discuss the modality of carrying out the court order.
But to the surprise of our family members, the meeting was not a discussion at all. Instead, a man who was introduced as a representative from the Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA) -fashioned after the American CIA- addressed the delegation, telling them the government plans to change the hospital in India from MEDANTA MEDICITY to another hospital called FORTIS HOSPITAL.
Secondly, he informed them that the government have got a private jet with the capacity of 12 passengers ready to transport Shaikh and those accompanying him. He said six of them are security operatives. 2 from DSS, 3 from NIA and 1 police Doctor. He further said they will allow only 3 people to accompany the us.
To these dictations, Muhammad our son, who was among the family members that were at the meeting objected. He reminded the security agents that the court have stated categorically that the government is to supervise but not to make decisions or sponsor the journey. And for this reason he rejected the idea of the government providing a private jet or changing the hospital or limiting the number of those to accompany us. He also informed the security agents about a plan on their side to provide a jet for the journey.
This, the security agents rejected. Muhammad also objected to travelling along with a police Doctor because it looks suspicious. Since the Shaikh has rejected being treated by government doctors since he had his first stroke in January 2017.
After long delibrations with the security agents and finally consultations with Shaikh, a compromise was reached concerning the kind of aircraft to be used for the journey. It was agreed that the Shaikh, myself and those accompanying us should buy our air tickets and inform the government, so that the government also buy the tickets of the security agents accompanying Shaikh and myself.
And since it was the security agents that facilitated the visas of everyone, they remained adamant on facilitating visas for only 3people to accompany us. It includes the personal family physician, and two others.
Up to the moment we left Abuja airport, the government was still bent on changing the hospital to be attended in India. Infact, while we were at Abuja airport, we received the news that the Medanta hospital is under pressure from American government not to admit us. And for this reason, they have informed our Doctors that they are not going to admit us into the hospital.
But on reaching Dubai, we received the news that now, the Medanta hospital have agreed to admit us.
We landed in India on Tuesday the 13th of August 2019 and was received at the airport by what appears to be a team of Doctors, nurses, and well wishers. The Doctors and nurses were wearing uniforms on which Medanta hospital logo were vividly seen.
The “Doctors” immediately placed Shaikh on an ambulance bed and carried him into the ambulance along with myself. This gesture was a surprise because they didn’t have to do so. Since he can sit up by himself.
But on the way to the hospital, one “Doctor” who claimed to be Shi’a and who also claimed that his name is Ali Ridha told the Shaikh, myself and our personal physician that they have actually deceived a large crowd of well wishers who had gathered at the airport to welcome Shaikh by placing two ambulances on the entrance where they were gathered and taken us away through another gate.
What surprised us and those in our company is that none of the Doctors that came to “Nigeria ” from India were among those who met us at the airport.
On reaching the hospital, the same ” Doctor ” who claimed his name was Ali Ridha again told us that they were going to use the back gate of the hospital to avoid another crowd of well wishers gathered at the hospital.
On reaching the vicinity of the hospital, there were armed policemen all over the place and some others who appeared to be security agents with walkie-talkie! These were both ” Nigerian ” and Indian security agents. Also there were officials from the ” Nigerian” embassy in India.
We were immediately taken to emergency and observation section. Then strange “Doctors” started asking questions from the Shaikh and myself. Apparently they know nothing about our health conditions. They immediately brought hospital uniforms asking the Shaikh and myself to change into them without regard for any Islamic ethics in my case. They also brought an injection which they claimed was tramadol injection and some bottles to take blood samples.
The whole trouble started when the Shaikh demanded to see his trusted Doctors before anything is done. They became hostile and even authoritative, stating that no Doctor from outside the hospital will be allowed to participate in the treatment of Shaikh and myself.
Seeing this unfortunate situation, and the fact that we have traveled a long distance, and considering our tired and sick bodies, the Shaikh asked to be allowed to get hotel accommodation to rest until the next day, so that his trusted Doctors will be consulted for proper decision to take in this situation. But this request was rudely turned down. In fact a policeman came forward and shouted at the Shaikh very rudely, telling him that, he either submit himself to be treated by those Doctors or go back to “Nigeria”!
At this point, an embassy official told Shaikh that before he arrived at India, the embassy officials had a meeting with the Indian security agents and the hospital management on how to go about the treatment of Shaikh and myself. And he informed Shaikh that he just have to submit to what they have agreed on and does not have a say in the way the Doctors are to treat him. He also said those “Doctors” at Medanta will examine him and decide on his treatment and do not care about what has so far been discovered by his Doctors.
At this point the Shaikh, myself and our entourage realized that we have actually fallen into a trap set by the combined force of the Nigerian and Indian governments. Infact, by Wednesday the 14th of August we discovered that most of those who received us at the airport wearing Doctors overall were not doctors but security operatives camouflaged as Doctors.
So the Shaikh told them that he agreed to be admitted into the hospital until he is able to have proper discussions with his Doctors and the hospital authorities.
We were given rooms at the hospital. The Shaikh and myself in one room. We were not allowed to come out of our room. Armed men were outside the room and the room cannot be locked from inside. And armed men came and go into the room as they wish throughout the night and even during the day. I had to wear hijab throughout our stay from Tuesday to Thursday.
The imprisonment the we were subjected to at Medanta hospital was worst than the detention at “Nigeria”.
The Shaikh later learnt that the hospital has been fed with wrong informations. They were made to believe that it was the Nigerian government that brought the us to be treated.
The hospital were made to believe that Nigerian authorities brought some criminals with unknown ailments to be treated. And those criminals have to be guarded strictly so that they don’t run away.
After, realizing what trap we fell into, and the hostile atmosphere therein, it became clear that we cannot trust this hospital anymore.
Actually, it was our trust for the known Indian doctors and the Brothers that recommended them that made the Shaikh to agree to our going to India in the first place. Now that these Doctors are forcibly excluded from the treatment, that trust eroded.
But still, the Shaikh requested from the hospital management after consulting with his Doctors to give him respite from any treatment for 48 hours, until he is able to consult with his Doctors and other friends on what was the right step to take. At first, they agreed and the agreement was signed.
But on Wednesday, that official from the embassy came again to persuade the Shaikh to allow himself to be treated by the hospital and by strange Doctors but this time around, he was respectful. His desperation was so visible and suspicious.
And to this persuasion the Shaikh requested to be allowed to consult with Sayyid Masoud Shadjarah, who was then on his way to India from U.K. and his Indian Doctors and other friends to decide the right step to take.
But the next day, which was Thursday the 15th of August, they refused the Indian Doctors access to Shaikh. And they also refused to allow Sayyid Masoud Shadjarah to see Shaikh , even though he and the Doctors spent the whole day outside the hospital.
The answer by the embassy official the next day is that we should get ready to be taken back to Nigeria in 2 and half hours. We were brought back by Ethiopian airline, whereas we went by Emirates air .
After returning back to ” Nigeria” some revelations were made. Below are a number of them:
1) That a member of parliament in “Nigeria” was heard saying : ” how come Indian Doctors were heard speaking Hebrew language?”
Possibly, his source was some of the Nigerian security agents who were present at the scene.
2) Some said it was a planned assassination attempt by CIA, with SAUDI CONNECTION TO APPLY KASHOGI STYLE on Shaikh Zakzaky H.
They planned to shift the blame on the Islamic Human Rights Commission of London in collaboration with MEDANTA hospital.
Even though, three different audio and video clips of Shaikh Zakzaky H were released in which he himself explained things as they were unfolding, we were surprised to learn that some well-meaning people due to ignorance of the truth or due to naivety were making remarks like: “Shaikh Zakzaky is known to be a very patient person. Why would he not be patient and stayed in India to be treated?”
Although some people were deliberately and mischievously making similar comments to mislead public opinion. But I do not care about such people, since whatever is the case, they will always blame the one hated by them. But I decided to explain only because of the well-meaning individuals.
You should understand that, the Shaikh agreed to go to India for his treatment due to the trust he has for his Indian Doctors and other friends that suggested going to India. But on reaching there everything was hijacked by the Nigerian embassy in collaboration with the Indian government and of course U.S embassy through remote control. And he was told point blank that our Doctors and friends will have to submit to the decision of the above mentioned trios and will have no say in our treatment.
In addition to this, he and myself were treated very harshly and rudely! Suddenly, the hospital became another prison and a worst prison than the one we left behind! In this atmosphere, the trust which was the main reason we agreed to go to India was completely eroded.
It will be foolish, after all these to submit ourselves to such dangerous situation.
The Shaikh declared that he is ready to be killed by the oppressors but not under the guise of medical treatment. If they wish, they may leave him to die with the poison in his body, or use their weapons to kill him. It will be very clear to all that they are responsible for killing him. But there is no way he will aid them in killing him covertly.
And finally, it’s important for all to know that it was the Nigerian government that decided to abruptly repatriate the us back to Nigeria without giving us any chance to consult our Doctors and associates of a possibility of changing to another hospital where we and our Doctors will be in control of his treatment.
BY ZEENAH IBRAHEEM
WIFE OF SHAIKH IBRAHEEM ZAKZAKY
29 NOVEMBER, 2021