Lagos - The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN)
has rejected the recent ban by the Kaduna State government as an infringement
on followers’ basic rights.
Ibrahim Musa, the IMN spokesperson, denounced the ban as
a plot by Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufa’i to further government’s agenda of the
massacre of innocent citizens following the massacre of scores of followers in
Zaria in December 2015.
On Saturday, el-Rufa’i issued an order declaring the movement
as an unlawful society, with a penalty of seven years in jail on its members.
The governor claimed the executive council of Kaduna
arrived at the decision based on the already discredited recommendations of the
Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Zaria massacre.
“All the sections cited to premise this decision are
wrong,” argued Musa.
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He said the state government based its stance on the
recommendations of JCI while keeping mute on violations of rights reported by
the same JCI such as extrajudicial murder of 347 people and secretly burying
them in mass graves without the consent of their relatives.
“Why didn’t it also talk of prosecuting the Nigerian Army
Generals that were fingered out by the Commission as perpetrators of the
genocide in Zaria? We cannot be deceived by the hypocritical stance of Governor
Musa said IMN was not distracted by the ban.
“Clearly reason, logic, the law and Constitution,
conscience and propriety are all on the side of the Islamic Movement. Nothing
can take away our right of as individuals or groups to worship and associate.”
Musa said IMN thus would challenge the ban using “all
known peaceful and legal means.”
“We will keep on demanding that justice be done with
respect to Zaria massacre through lawful and peaceful means.”
- CAJ News