Katsina and Kebbi Govt Called to let peace reign

12347868_252088765137993_3610635917106919819_nBy Abdulmumin Giwa

Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN has called on the Nigerian government and Kebbi and Katsina states government in particular to let peace reign describing denial of their constitutional right as an open invitation to violence which they oppose.

This followed a recent operation by a team of security agencies led by the Army to stop the usual Friday Pre-Khutba preaching session of the members of the movement in Katsina where soldiers stormed the mosque and flushed out worshipers.

The movement stated “Also, the Divisional Police Officers, DPOs in various towns in Kebbi state gave written order to the brothers of the Islamic Movement in their domain that they should cease all their educational activities or they face the wrath of their might” describing it as a breach of religious right.

This is contained in a press statement signed by the president of the Media Forum of the movement, Ibrahim Musa on the early hours of Saturday.

On its part, the Movement stayed away from the mosque to avoid any possible bloodshed planned by the heavily armed soldiers in Katsina as the Army stormed the city chanting “no more Shiah in Katsina.”

“Even though the brothers of IMN took the decision to cancel the preaching session in order to avoid spilling of blood of innocent unarmed Muslims by the military and other security agents, the security agents dispersed worshippers from the mosque immediately after the Juma’at prayers” the statement added.

IMN also cautioned that worship places are sacred sanctities that must be respected by the government and its Army saying, “Worship places are supposed to be held in high regard, but the team of Nigerian Army and other security agents chose to violate the sanctity of the mosque and right to religious freedom by their actions.”

The IMN reiterated its stance never to engage in any form of violence despite instigation and intimidations by the government and it Army “It is pertinent to state here that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is a peaceful movement that does not accept any form of violence in achieving any of its ideals.”

The movement therefore said “As a result of this we condemn the unnecessary instigations to violence perpetrated by the government” and finally called for the immediate and unconditionaal release of the leader of the Movement Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his followers in various detention facilities across the country.

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