After a clash between his followers and the Nigerian Army, which the Shiites claimed led to the killing of about 800 people in Zaria, mostly their members, was arrested alongside his wife and kept incommunicado, ever since.
The clarification by the DSS on El-Zakzaky's health condition came on the heels of speculations of his worsening state of health and rumours of death.
Speaking on the issue, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Lai Muhammad stated earlier that El-Zakzaky was still being held on the grounds of national security.
Sheikh, El-Zakzaky at the Safe Facility, said: "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".
"I am feeling better, the security [officers] have allowed me to see my doctor, my personal doctor". Before, I'm used to being examined by security doctors, but this time, I did not agree.More news: Astros heat up hot stove by acquiring Pirates ace Gerrit Cole
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The detained leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shiite Group, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky has spoken to the press in a brief interaction Saturday afternoon.
When probed further, he told newsmen, "I thank you for all your prayers". "But he is very sick", Mr. Falana said.
"They can now see that the man is alive, hale and hearty and up and doing". He is up and doing and you saw him with his wife.
He said that DSS was appealing to everyone to be peace-loving and to go about their normal businesses and report any negative and suspicious developments in their neighbourhood.