Lagos – The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has condemned the execution of prominent Shia Muslim cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, in Saudi Arabia.
Kept in Saudi prison since July 2012, he has been put to death after being convicted by what the interior ministry called terrorism offences.
Islamic Movement of Nigeria National President, Ibrahim Musa, however said it was known by all and sundry watching the international scene that Sheikh Nimr was a vocal supporter of the mass anti-government protests that erupted in Eastern Province in 2011, when a Shia majority have long complained of marginalisation.
“We condemn in strong terms the execution of the Sheikh, because killing of Ulama of his status who advocate for change in their societies will not augur well for peace and development, the state executioners normally deceive the public that that was what they crave for,” said Musa.
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“We are however not surprised by what the Saudi regime did, because it is known for its poor human rights record. It is known that Saudi Arabia carried out more than 150 executions last year, the highest figure recorded by human rights groups for 20 years.”
He sent the Islamic Movement of Nigeria’s condolences to Muslims all over the world and the Shia community in Saudi Arabia upon the said martyrdom of Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, and all the other Shohada of the Ahl al-Bayt in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, India, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Bahrain, Kuwait, Nigeria and Afghanistan.
Al-Nimr’s execution has been condemned by Shiites throughout the Middle East, as well as by Western figures and Sunnis opposed to sectarianism.
- CAJ News