- A coalition of civil society organizations have called on the federal government to designate the Islamic Movement of Nigeria as a terrorist group
- The organisations said the action should be taken against the group before it is too late
- The CSOs said the existence of the IMN is a direct threat and danger to law abiding citizens of Nigeria
A group of civil society organizations have called on the federal government and the attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, to proscribe the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) as a terrorist organization.
The organization under the aegis of the Coalition Of Civil Society Organizations For Transparency and Good Governance (COCSOTGG) said the IMN members popularly known as Shiites will snowball into another disaster in Nigeria if not handled appropriately.
Reacting to a recent clash between some police officers and members of the IMN protesting the detention of the leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky in Abuja, the CSOs said Nigerians can no longer accept the complacence of the AGF on the continuous existence of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
In a statement, the national president of the COCSOTGG, Sam Ode, said the existence of the IMN is a direct threat and danger to law abiding citizens of Nigeria.
He said Nigerian deserve to live and survive in a country free of molestation and fear of violence.
Ode said: "We are neither the least nor the most concerned about the security of our dear nation, Nigeria. But when we see national security drifting dangerously and fired with impunity by some violent sects, the dire consequences stare us in the face and, we are thus, prompted to voice out, as time has dictated at the moment.
"We fanatically believe, it is our collective responsibility as people of a united federation called Nigeria to work towards those things that perch peace in our hearts and minds, neighborhood or anywhere in the country, than violence."
Ode said the coalition has observed that the leader of the IMN failed to teach his followers respect for the rule of law and constituted authority.
He said it has also been noted that members of the IMN are at all times combat ready especially against security agents in the country.
He said: "We are not just worried, but concerned that members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have consistently and persistently shown disregard to the laws of our country. What is of utmost concern to them is how to clandestinely impose another version of terrorism, garbed in the fake coats of Islam on the rest of us.
"May we remind Nigerians that Boko Haram terrorism started, to paraphrase, President Muhammadu Buhari on his inaugural day speech to Nigerians, as “small fires, now causing large fires.
None of us is oblivious of the pains and sorrows inflicted on us by Boko Haram terrorists, because we allowed it blossomed, unchecked in celebration of some faulty and indiscernible liberties of democracy.
In Abuja on their so-called “peaceful” protests, the IMN sect members did not only hurl insults and held the sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to ransom and in contempt, but stoned the Police, the only civil security agency mandated by law to supervise their lawful protests. Police were compelled to necessarily use teargas canisters’ to disperse the unruly Shiites rented mob."
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"The Coalition will be left with no option but to mobilize Nigerians against the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and to pass a vote of no confidence on him until he resigns from the office which he holds in trust for the rest of us. Enough is enough of the IMN threats which is already a negative signal within the FCT in view of their recklessness and violence posture to inflict pains on anyone without looking back," Ode concluded.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that renowned human rights activist and lawyer, Femi Falana, had urged the federal government to release the leader of the Islamic group and his wife, Zainab.
Falana advised the Nigerian government to be humane over the continued detention of El-Zakzaky and his wife.
The lawyer said the continued detention of the duo is a violation to the judgement delivered by Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
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