Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai yesterday said that the State government only declared the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and not the Shi’ite.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the ban IMN was a concept of Shi’ite religious organization.
The spokesman of the governor, Mr. Samuel Aruwan who spoke to Journalists in Kaduna, categorically stated that Shi’itism “as a religious body is not ban, but we only ban IMN.”
According to the governor’s spokesman, the action of the government declaring IMN as “unlawful society” was derived from the judiciary commission of inquiry.
He said, “the action has nothing to do with Shi’ite.”
The State government officially released Gazette on Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky’s led Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) that
has been declared unlawful society.
The government disclosed that it “did not and cannot ban any religion, but it has a duty to declare unlawful any group that threatens peace and security.”
Samuel Aruwan, said government upholds religious freedoms and all constitutional rights of every resident to practice the religion of their choice.
Aruwan noted that it is fundamental obligation of the government to preserve security and uphold the rights of all citizens both to practice faith and not be imperiled or be distressed by the way others exercise their faith.
It would be recalled that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry chaired
by Justice Muhammed Lawal Garba, along Prof.Auwalu Yadudu,Special
Adviser on Legal matters under late Gen.Sani Abacha, Prof.Ibrahim
Gambari,former minister of Foreign Affairs,Afakriya Gadzama,former
Director General State Security Service among others recommended the
proscription of the IMN.
Aruwan stressed that: “It solemnly declared unlawful a specific group
that continues to threaten public order in the state. The IMN was
never a registered organization and it refused to conduct itself with
full adherence to the laws of this state”
He added that IMN blithely ignored the law and neglected the obligations of civility.
According to him: “Other groups in the Shia tradition are active in Nigeria. Like adherents of all other faiths, they are free to practice their creed without injuring the rights of others”
“Kaduna state has suffered and endured too many calamities, triggered
by persons and groups that insist on foisting their faith or political
preferences on others. It is a hallmark of civilization that every assertion of rights by a citizen is done with full acknowledgement of, and respect for the rights of other citizens”
Speaking on the released of the gazette, Aruwan said: “Kaduna State Gazette No.21 of 7th October 2016 has declared the IMN an unlawfulsociety.
The Gazette noted that: “The Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the clashes between the group with the appellation “Islamic Movement in Nigenria”(IMN) and the Nigerian Army in Zaria between Saturday 12th and Monday 14th December 2015,found as facts inter alia that: The Islamic Movement in Nigeria
is an unregistered society and recommended that immediate steps be
taken by the Kaduna State Government to proscribe it.”
“The members of the movement have over the years engaged in acts of
aggression and violence against individuals and communities resulting
in clashes with security agencies which culminated in the recent
deaths of at least 347 persons”
The movement has constituted itself into a parallel government with a
uniformed paramilitary wing in complete disregard to the constitution
and laws of Nigeria”
The movement has overtly continued with unlawful processions,
obstruction of public highways, unauthorized occupation of public
facilities including schools without regard to the rights of other
citizens and public peace and order of the state” the gazette said.
Aruwan added: “Gentlemen of the press, these are the facts. There is a
common law in Nigeria, and it serves to protect everyone. The law
courts are the appropriate platform for any citizen to challenge any
legislation or order they consider improper. No citizen or group of
persons can decide to disobey a valid law, without expecting that law
enforcement will do its work”
“We have warned that mob action will not be permitted under any guise.
The duty of every citizen is to report every illegal action or
suspicious activity to the security agencies” he maintained.