His clearance to come out of the heavily guarded building by the Department of State Service (DSS) followed rumours surrounding his whereabouts.
Nigerian Shia leader Ibrahim el-Zakzaky appeared in a one-minute media interview on Saturday, his first public appearance since he and his wife Zeenat were arrested in 2015 following an army crackdown on his group. The journalists moved towards him.
The Shiite leader, who held a walking stick, also disclosed that the DSS allowed his personal doctors access to him for the first time.
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"For us, Nigeria must remain peaceful, stable and trust in the government and security agencies to provide the enabling environment to allow residents, citizens and everyone as far as you are law abiding to pursue their legitimate businesses".
Journalist: How are you feeling now?
Journalist: Do you have anything to add.
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El-Zakzaky's lawyer, Mr.Femi Falana (SAN), also confirmed that he is alive although seriously ill.
Explaining the reasons for showing him to the public with his wife, the spokesperson of DSS, Mr. Nnanna Nnochiri, said that it was basically to dispel his death rumour. He has developed stroke in detention.
Since the arrest and detention of the group's leader, his followers have been holding a series of protests in some cities in the country, especially Abija calling for his release. For instance, 53 of his followers were arrested in Abuja last week Wednesday by the police during their protest.More news: Israel Army Confirms Gaza Attack Destroyed Hamas Cross-border Tunnel