The Leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, which is popularly known as Shiite Group, Shiek Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has debunked the rumours making the rounds that he is dead.
The Islamic group, which is also known as Shiite Movement, has a large followership across the country.
El-Zakzaky spoke with a select group of journalists at the office of the Department of State Services in Abuja on Saturday.
It was his first appearance after two years of his arrest by the arny following the clash between his followers and soldiers in Kaduna, Kaduna State, in December 2015.
Updated: Transcript of Sheikh El-Zakzaky Interaction With Press
The leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shiite Group, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky has spoken to the press in a brief interaction this afternoon.
PRNigeria provides this transcript from one-minute, 20 second interaction with Sheikh ElZakzaky with journalists at a Safe Facility in Abuja. He walked towards the journalist in a white flowing gown with turban.
The journalists moved towards him. They were cracking jokes and continued thus:
Journalist: Good Afternoon sir?
Sheikh Zakzaky: How are you?
Journalist: Can we have a word with you?
Sheikh El-Zakzaky: If they agree and allow me (He says so jokingly)
Journalist: How are you feeling now?
Sheik El-Zakzaky: I am feel better the security (officers) have allowed me to see my doctor, my personal doctor. I thank God. I am improving
Journalist: Do you have anything to add.
Sheikh El-Zakzaky: I thank you for all your prayers
Journalist: Thank you sir
Sheikh ElZakzaky: Thanks (As he walked away)