By Abdulmumin Giwa
Following recent media campaign that by a group under the aegis of Save Zakzaky Life Group, which issued a two-week ultimatum and a one week reminder that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) would be occupied if the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky is not released, the IMN had distanced itself from the ultimatum saying it is not in the character of the Movement to issue threats and ultimatums.
This is contained in a press statement signed by the president of the Media Forum of the Movement Ibrahim Musa in Kaduna yesterday.
The statement said “it has become expedient to make this clarification that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has never employed the use of ultimatum or the issuance of threats of violence in its entire four decades of existence to anyone, group or authority”.
The statement also accused the security forces of planning to exploit the ultimatum to reign terror on the movement saying “the security forces appear to be bent on carrying out series of attacks and subsequently attribute same to the IMN at the expiration of the ultimatum so that they could achieve what they have so far failed to do, which is associate the peaceful campaigns to Free Zakzaky with violence in order to swing public opinion against the IMN and justify the December massacre”.
The IMN further distant itself from any possible breach of peace and serenity that will result from the ultimatum issued by the group. “IMN is not and will not be responsible for any breech of peace or violence that will result from any false flag plots”.
The Movement also reiterated its stance saying “We will continue to employ all lawful, legal and constitutional means to achieve our goals and would not be blackmailed into submission or surrender. 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 inn national and international courts of justice as we have done in the past nine months” the statement added.
The statement finally called for the immediate and unconditional release of the IMN leader who has been in detention without trial since the December pogrom.
By Abdulmumin Giwa