The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, more popularly known as the Shiites has leveled an allegation against the federal government of Nigeria. The group has accused the federal government of deploying the resources of the Nigerian Armed forces to wage religious war on the citizens of Nigeria.
This statement was made for the IMN by a spokesman who identified as Mallam Ibrahim Musa. Mallam Musa disclosed that a contingent of soldiers demolished the IMN worship centre in Kaduna yesterday and two people who were undergoing spiritual training at an IMN facility in Jos were arrested. The IMN further informed that the people that were arrested have not been charged with any offence and they are yet to be released.
“The fact that members of the Islamic movement were just conducting a religious obligation in a center they legally owned when they were pounced upon by the Army is enough pointers to the force’s complicity in executing a religious vendetta by some unscrupulous people. We condemn this disheartening attitude of the Army in the strongest terms. That was how they were used in 2016 when the center was burnt and vandalized in collaboration with some vagabonds belonging to a religious organization,” the IMN official said.
“We will like to remind the military authorities that the military special task force in Jos that the Nigerian Army said is supposedly non-partisan when it comes to religious affairs, has no business, whatsoever, in handling any religious disputes. If at all there is any, and in this particular case, it is not even a dispute, but a case of some Nigerians discharging their religious duties peacefully at their legally owned center when soldiers were sent to intimidate and harass them,” he said
“We hereby call on the relevant authorities for the immediate release of the duo so that they can be reunited with their families because they have wronged nobody. It is equally important to suggest that to avert a re-occurrence of such misinformed blunder, whenever some disgruntled elements of the public gave them a false alarm against the Islamic movement, they should first investigate and report the matter to the police, since it is a civil matter,” he concluded