The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, had described President Muhammadu Buhari as someone who cannot speak.
Speaking in an interview with reporters on Sunday, the Shiites leader stated that he is not aware of any personal issue with Buhari to have warranted his ordeal in the hands of Nigeria security agents.
According to him, Buhari may have sanction his persecution as a fulfilment of a deal to keep himself at the Presidential Villa.
“I don’t know whether there is any personal issue, maybe Buhari should be asked but I don’t know.
“All I know is that there is nothing like personal issue, maybe he was given that as a condition for being in office.
“But I know Buhari may not say because you will never see Buhari and talk to him because he doesn’t speak; he only reads,” El-Zakzaky said when asked about insinuation Buhari has a score to settle with him.
The Shiites leader also berated the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, for lying that the DSS spent N3.5m monthly to feed him and his wife during their time in detention.
According to El-Zakzaky, they actually took care of their own feeding the entire five years they spent in detention and prison.
He said: “The real truth is that all through our detention we fed ourselves. Since the time we reached Kaduna, after we were released, nobody gave us a single bottle of water! We were feeding ourselves. Even during our stay in Abuja, we were feeding ourselves.
“But this is something that cannot be disclosed because it was illegal. Legally, they were supposed to feed us. But they didn’t want anybody to hear that we were feeding ourselves.
“For the entire five years, seven months that we were in detention, we fed ourselves; nobody gave us a bottle of water!
“We were even paying electricity and water bills, while in detention. We were paying also for the fuel to power the generator. We bought our own generator in Abuja, even when we were in detention and we were buying fuel to run it.”
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