THE Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN)
has finally spoken on the use and issuance of violence and threats on
the continued detention of its leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
This is in commemoration of the two years Zaria massacre with peaceful processions in Abuja.
According to a statement issued by its
its spokesperson Ibrahim Musa, the movement said it “will peacefully
mark the two-year Zaria massacre memorial between 12 and 14 December
2017 solemnly and peacefully in Abuja with series of activities slated
for the purpose.
“We use this opportunity to call all
people of conscience to intensify pressure on the Nigerian regime to
obey court orders to unconditionally release Sheikh Zakzaky,” he said.
He said it has become expedient to make
“clarification that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria has never employed
the use of violence or the issuance of threats of violence in its entire
four decades of existence to anyone, group or authority.
“This is not about to change. Some
recent false flag calls issued reminiscent of previous calls used to
attack us and disrupt our peaceful events seem to be again sounded
Further in his statement he said
Nigeria's security forces “appear to be bent on carrying out series of
attacks and subsequently attribute same to us in the course of our
peaceful activities, so that they could achieve what they have so far
failed to, which is associated the peaceful campaigns to free Sheikh
Zakzaky with violence in order to swing public opinion against us and
justify the December 2015 massacre.
“We are aware of this two-faced
machination of the security to pretend they are working to enforce peace
and security while in fact, they mean evil. They have kept Sheikh
Zakzaky in incommunicado detention, while claiming to keep him in
protective custody, without access to adequate medical attention in
clear contempt of valid court judgment declaring their action as
unconstitutional and that he is set free.”
Continuing he said, “we wish to once
again reject any suggestion of threats of violence in our name. The
Islamic Movement is not and will not be responsible for any breach of
peace or violence that will result from any false-flag plots. We will
continue to employ all lawful, legal and constitutional means as we have
done throughout these two years of state-perpetrated persecution to
achieve our goals, and would not be blackmailed into submission or
“Our timely rallies, processions, and
campaign activities will continue as at when due and in our ways without
fear of intimidation. We will also continue to seek redress in national
and international courts of justice as we have done in the past
twenty-four months.”, the statement added.