The detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has made his first public appearance more than two years after he was detained by the Nigerian government.
On Saturday, PRNigeria provided the transcript from one-minute, 20 second of the interaction Sheikh El-zakzaky had with journalists at a Safe Facility in Abuja.
The Shiite leader, who held a walking stick, also disclosed that the DSS allowed his personal doctors access to him for the first time.
The spiritual leader of Shiites, Sheil Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention since December 2015 has denied social media reports that he was dead.
The sect had in July 2014 similarly encountered the military and three of El-Zakzaky children were among those cut down in the violence.
"So it was my own doctors who examined me".
He spoke against the backdrop of the news that he had died in detention. Before I used to be examined by the security doctors, but this time I did not agree, and my own doctors came to examine me.
When probed further, he told newsmen, "I thank you for all your prayers". "But he is very sick".
At least 350 Shia members were killed in the onslaught which has elicited criticisms of the army by human rights groups, including Amnesty International.
Members of the IMN group have been staging series of processions across the northern states demanding their release.
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.