By; Sunday Ode, Abuja.
The Federal government has outlined the obstacles to the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
In an interview with newsmen on Thursday, a Presidency official who did not want to be named said the “major constitutional policy objective of government as stated in section 14 (2) (b) is public and not individual security.
“The issue of the release of El-Zakzaky is not exclusively legal. It has security and public interest as against individual interest undertones.
“Public interest and national security implications must be factored into consideration in line with international practices that conventionally place national security and public interest above any other individual claim of right. The fedaral government of Nigeria is looking into the case with the public and security interest dimensions into consideration,” the official said.
On the said detention of the religious leader’s wife along side her husband, the official stated that El-Zakzaky’s wife was not of any security interests and therefore was merely keeping her husband company in the apartment in which he is kept.
“She is not under detention. If it is her wish, that of her husband or of the IMN, she will allowed to go home in a matter of hours,” he asserted.
He explained that El-Zakzaky’s spouse was picked up by the Department of Security Services, DSS beside her husband with bullet wounds following IMN’s encounter with the army.
“They took her along with the husband, treated her wounds and allowed her to care for her him. Upon his request on an occasion, the children joined them during Ramadan. That is what happened.”