I am alive, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky speaks out

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On the rationale behind the decision to grant El-Zakzaky a public appearance and speak to journalists, a DSS official, Nnana Nnochiri, said: "In the last few days, two days to be particular, yesterday importantly, there was unfounded rumour which was spread across Nigeria that the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheik El-Zakzaky, passed on in the custody of the service".

The leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly known as the Shiite group, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, on Saturday denied the news that he was dead.

PRNigeria provided a transcript from the one-minute, 20-second interaction between Sheikh ElZakzaky with journalists at a Safe Facility in Abuja.

According to report, he wore a white flowing gown with turban during the encounter with the newsmen, during which he reportedly cracked jokes with the newshounds. The journalists moved towards him. "Thank you for all your prayers", El-Zakzaky stated.

Mr. El-Zakzaky said he had been allowed access to his personal physician for the first time, and thanked Nigerians for their prayers.

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Also reacting to the issue, Falana in a letter dated November 7 and addressed to the President, demanded the immediate release of El-Zakzaky and his wife since the panel set up to investigate the incident has not recommended that they should be prosecuted indefinitely.

The cleric and his wife sustained gunshot wounds during their arrests.

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"We will continue to press for our demand until the federal government obey's the court order", Mr. Musa said. He has developed stroke in detention.

Members of his IMN group have staged series of processions across the northern states demanding the release of their leaders.

Also, 53 of his followers were arrested on Wednesday by the Police in Abuja following a violent protest.