I am well, not dead - El-Zakzaky

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His clearance to come out of the heavily guarded building by the Department of State Service (DSS) followed rumours surrounding his whereabouts.

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.

Even though a Federal High Court in Abuja in December 2016 ordered El-Zakzaky and his wife's release, the court order was not complied with by government.

The Kaduna state had probed the fracas which resulted in the issuance of a Gazette proscribing Shiites Islamic sect.

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The 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 this afternoon.

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Addressing reporters in his first public appearance since his arrest in 2015, Zakzaky thanked the public for their prayers, saying he was getting better.

"So it was my own doctors who examined me".

Speaking to THISDAY on the health condition of the IMN leader, a senior DSS official said: "His health remains stable and good".

"However, as you can see, and from your interview with him, he pointedly told you that he is okay".

"They can now see that the man is alive, hale and hearty and up and doing".

Journalist: Can we have a word with you? He has developed stroke in detention.