The security officers have allowed me to see my doctor, my personal doctor.
Addressing reporters in his first public appearance since his arrest in 2015, Zakzaky thanked the public for their prayers, saying he was getting better.
At the brief meeting with journalists, El-Zakzaky who wore cervical collar, an indication that he suffered an injury to his neck at a point in time, said though he was a bit relieved, he was severely ill. Before, I'm used to being examined by security doctors, but this time, I did not agree.
The Department of State Services (DSS) said yesterday that the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, is not dead, contrary to rumours.
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.
When probed further, he told newsmen, "I thank you for all your prayers".
Their continued detention has sparked several reactions from his supporters, the government and even human rights lawyer, Femi Falana.
Mr. El-Zakzaky, who leads Nigeria's most popular Shi'ia group, has been in the custody of the SSS since 2015.
"We will continue to press for our demand until the federal government obey's the court order", Mr. Musa said.
He spoke against the backdrop of the news that he had died in detention.
At least 347 members Shiites were killed and secretly buried in mass graves by the army.
Members of the IMN group have been staging series of processions across the northern states demanding their release.