The leader of Shiites in Nigeria, Sheik Ibraheem el-Zakzaky is on his way back to Nigeria barely 96 hours after he and his wife Zeenat landing in India for medical treatment at Medanta Hospital in New Delhi.

The president, media forum of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Mr. Ibrahim Musa, said in a statement on Thursday that El-Zakzaky and his wife left New Delhi around 5:00 p.m. Nigerian time, heading back to the country.

He blamed the federal government for scuttling the IMN leader’s planned treatment.

“Following lack of a breakthrough in the impasse that ensued in the treatment in New Delhi of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, it is now confirmed that the Sheikh is on his way back to Abuja.

“In a video message sent through his office, the Sheikh said it was decided that they will be taken to the airport to be flown back to Nigeria.

“He has left Delhi by 17:00 Nigerian time.”

“The Nigerian government’s interference and scuttling of the whole process rather than supervision as ordered by the court is the direct cause of the impasse.

“The government never wanted the medical leave in the first place, and did whatever to stop it by all means possible,” said Musa.