Nigeria's Islamic Movement (IMN) has warned the Federal Government to release their detained leader Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky who was arrested on Saturday 12 December 2016 after the Nigerian Army killed about 348 Shiites in the 2015 Zaria massacre.
The group, in a statement released today and signed by spokesman Ibrahim Musa in Kaduna, said:
"We demand that our Leader and the wife must be released unconditionally without delay.
"It will be a tragedy of monumental proportions should our leader go blind in detention or suffer further physical disability due to him being denied access to adequate medical attention.
"We understand those that sanctioned his detention and those detaining him want to humiliate him and make sure that he goes completely blind before he is eventually released thereby rendering him powerless the moment he is released from unconstitutional and illegal detention.
"The health of our leader and the wife continues to deteriorate on a daily basis and those holding him in custody are playing politics with his detention and that of his wife.
"We urge the Nigerian people and the international community to intervene in this crude violation of the fundamental rights of our leader."