Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who is in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), spoke in a brief chat  with Journalists at an undisclosed location on Saturday afternoon in Abuja saying he is “alive and getting better.” The Shi’ites leader made this known during his first public appearance in over two years.

El-Zakzaky was arrested in December 2015 after the Shi’ites and the Nigerian Army clashed in Zaria, Kaduna State.  Hundersd were said to have been killed as a result of the clash.

The Sheik’s clearance to come out of the heavily guarded building by the Department of State Service (DSS) followed rumours surrounding his whereabouts, while earlier in the week, there was tension in some States, especially Kaduna, that the Shiites leader was dead. The DSS, however, decided to prove that he is not dead as being speculated.

The IMN has held series of protests over the continued detention of El-Zakzaky. Members of the group recently clashed with the Police when they sought to protest at the National Assembly.

Wearing a white flowing gown with turban a neck brace, the Islamic Cleric said at the Safe Facility that: “It (body pains) was severe on me on Monday but subsequently it started subsiding and for the first time, at least, the Security allowed me to see my own Doctors.

“So it was my own Doctors who examined me. Before I used to be examined by Security Doctors, this time I did not agree, and my own Doctors came to examine me.

“I am getting better, thanks to all your prayers.”