I was surfing the net for news items when the above captioned story captured my attention. In the story by Jerry wright Ukwu, it was reported that a group known as ‘Kaduna state citizens for peace’ has raised an alarm of accusing the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) of trying to install their own government in Kaduna state. Waggish as the garbage may be it is imperative to clear the erroneous message carried in it. In this era of joblessness it is not too arduous to hire brutes that have no moral values to take to the streets especially when someone has enough resources at his disposal. So, the hitherto non entities like Richard Augustine and Nathaniel Agada who were commissioned to act as the president and secretary of the unknown group ‘Kaduna state citizens for peace’ very well know that they are agents of scamp and false tale mongers.
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has been in existence for about forty years. Members of the movement are fully integrated in the society, their methods of operation and activities are open and well known to the world. So it is malicious and open mendacities for any hired road side hoodlum and his group to associate violence to the movement. It is on record that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria has never breached any peace even on provocation. When in 2014, the then government decided to attack and killed thirty four members of the Islamic Movement; there were insinuations from the security quarters that IMN members were going to take retaliatory measures by attacking Military and Police installations and barracks. The unfounded allegations were repudiated and dismissed as evil machinations of the security apparatus to stage false flag operations and blame the Islamic Movement. Even after the December 2015 attack on the Islamic Movement which saw over a thousand innocent lives lost to the bullets of the ‘gallant’ Nigerian Army and the arrest of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and hundreds of his followers, the Islamic Movement has never lost focus of being civic in its operations. It is on this note we want to disassociate the Islamic Movement from any form of action that may lead to the ‘breach of peace’ in Kaduna State or anywhere talk less of a “coup in Kaduna State”.
Islamic Movement in Nigeria