We’ll never go violent – Shi’ites *Urges international isolation of Nigeria

By Editor on 19/01/2017

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No amount of provocation by the Nigerian government and its agents would push the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), to violence, its leaders said on Wednesday, while maintaining that their rights to freedom of worship.

The also wants the international community to wade in and get the government to release it leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention since December 2015, when he was arrested by soldiers after a confrontation with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, that led to the killing of several of the members.

Conveying the position of the group, Abdulhameed Bello, one of its leaders, told reporters in Abuja that it was imperative that government respected the judgement of Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, who ordered the release of El-Zakzaky and his wife, on December 2, 2016, within 45 days, which expired on Monday.

Bello said: “We demand and insist that the federal government and its agencies must release our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife Malama Zeenatu Ibraheem unconditionally and in accordance with the procedures laid down in the judgment of the federal high court delivered on the 2nd day of December 2016,” he said.


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“The federal government and its agencies must obey the orders of the federal high court Abuja, as they have a responsibility to show good example to the people of Nigeria as a regime that believes in the rule of law and due process. Serial disobedience to court orders and contempt for the fundamental rights of citizens to freedom of religion does not portray our country as one that is ready to manage its religious diversity in a way that strengthens the federation.

“The Kaduna state must discontinue its unjustified persecution of over 350 of its members that are facing charges of culpable homicide in the Kaduna high court on the wobbly ground that all 350 of them killed one soldier, whereas the Kaduna state government participated in the illegal and unconstitutional burial of over 1000 of our members and has refused to prosecute those that carried out the heinous murder.

“The Islamic Movement in Nigeria demands that the government desist from trying to infiltrate the movement using fifth columnists and agent provocateurs. The Islamic Movement in Nigeria does not believe in violence or the use of violence to achieve its objectives. The federal government and the Kaduna state government have been and continue to engage in provocative acts aimed at inciting the movement to take to the path of violence in vain. The Islamic Movement in Nigeria assures the Nigerian public that any act of violence attributed to it can only emanate from agent provocateurs being injected into the movement by state agents.

“The Islamic Movement in Nigeria thanks the human rights community and professional groups and organisations for their support in this matter thus far, and urges them to persuade the government to release our leader and his wife and withdraw all trumped up charges against members of our Movement.

“We urge the international community to persuade the government to obey the orders of court, and to release our leader unconditionally. We also appeal to the international community to commit Nigeria to upholding religious rights and freedoms, failing which the Nigerian government and its agents be isolated and sanctioned.

“The Islamic Movement will continue to use all constitutional and legitimate means and avenues to drive home its points. These include the right of its members to organize and practice their faith in accordance with constitutional injunctions.”




Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on January, 19 2017

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