On Thursday, the Kaduna state government demolished a Shi’ite registered Fudiyya school in Zaria and banned the activities of the religious body in the state.
In reaction, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, has accused the State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai of plotting to kill its members in order to scare people away from the group, saying he has no business deciding what faith people adhere to.
The group through its Media Forum President, Ibrahim Musa, alleged that El-Rufai was on a “mission to provoke its members to another killing spree,” after having failed in an earlier attempt using security men dressed as thugs to attack, kill and loot IMN members properties.
In a statement, the group claim they are aware that the state government is planning to clamp down on IMN members in the state, killing as many as possible in the most cruel means possible, in order to scare people away from the IMN.
They allege that El-rufai’s government is also wasting scarce state resources in sponsoring some dubious religious clerics to preach hate and enmity in the state, rather than investing in solving the myriads of problems bedeviling the state.
IMN called on Governor Nasiru El-Rufai to desist from further suppressing its members and brazenly violating their Rights to worship, associate and not to be discriminated against.
The statement reads in part; “No amount of suppression, destruction of property, or wanton killing can wipe out our faith. Hence all his efforts shall be futile.
It is now a duty on the public to speak out against the continued murder of IMN members by the Nigerian government or choose to live with the impending repercussion of such uncivilized behavior.
We wish to reiterate our stance never to engage in any form of lawlessness despite all efforts by the state to provoke us in order to find a reason to shed innocent human blood.
It is rather unfortunate that the only trademark exhibited by the government of today is extra-judicial killings, mass murder and religious sectarianism, these are detrimental to progress and development of the country. As people wallow in hardship and poverty their leaders are busy wasting state resources fighting sectarian course.”