“Sheikh is suffering medical conditions in his head, neck and eyes and the situation is the same with my mother. The doctors have diagnosed lead and cadmium in his blood 20 times higher than normal levels,” Badia told FNA on Wednesday.
She reminded that lead damages all organs in the body, specially the brain, liver, blood and bones, and expressed concern that high amounts of lead in the blood can lead to stroke.
Badia noted that cadmium also causes many problems in the body, including lung cancer, and said, “Sheikh and his wife are in danger.”
She called for their immediate transfer to an equipped hospital outside Nigeria to be treated for all their problems, and said, “There are specialized hospitals in India to provide the treatment and medication needed for such diseases.”
Sheikh Zakzaky, who is in his mid-sixties, lost his eyesight in one eye in a 2015 raid by security forces, that left more than 300 of his followers and three of his sons dead. His wife also sustained serious wounds.
He has been kept in custody along his wife and a large number of his followers ever since.
Back in 2016, Nigeria’s federal high court ordered his unconditional release from jail following a trial, but the government has so far refused to set him free.
The medical team responsible to treat Sheikh Zakzaky warned of his poor health conditions due to damage to his liver.
The leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), who has been held in detention since December 2015 following a deadly raid by the Nigerian army troops on his residence in the country’s Northern Kaduna State is unwell, the medical team warned last month.
“Lead and cadmium levels are high in his blood which is fatal,” the doctors said, adding “His liver is also damaged.”