While the IMN group members argued that the tags given as a terrorist group by the state government was just a tactics to “give the dog a bad name in order to hang it.”
Mallam Ibrahim Musa, the IMN group's spokesman explained that “in the aftermath of the brutal attack on Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and IMN by the Nigerian government in December last year, frantic steps have been undertaken by state officials and security agencies to portray the movement as violent.
“This is to give retroactive justification to its hostile actions against the IMN. The hallmark of this misnomer was the recent declaration by the Kaduna State governor that the movement is even an insurgent group.”
The Spokesman stated that: “this has appeared to garner currency among security agencies in Kano, Sokoto, Katsina, Plateau and lately Jigawa states, with officials parroting the ridiculous pronouncement, and some going steps further to insist that IMN should be monitored because it is a violent group.”
Musa also added that: “The maintenance of this false position without basis is an indication that there is a sinister scheme by these government officials to create an insurgency in our name, out of desperation to stamp out the Islamic movement.
“We wish to strongly reject such unjustified tagging of the IMN. For the avoidance of doubts, we would like the world to know that we have never and do not even contemplate taking up arms against anyone. Our leader, El-Zakzaky, has in the over four decades of the existence of the movement taken a non-violent posture, repeatedly saying that guns and other weapons are the tools of the insane.”
He further noted that: “In all this time, our weapons have been truth, perseverance, sacrifice and a firm belief that no force or weapon can crush the truth no matter how powerful it appears. That has been the secret of the IMN remaining non-violent throughout the harrowing experience of the Zaria massacre.”
We recalled that last year December, the Nigerian government opens up a cruel attack on Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and IMN group members, which leads to violent in the country.
Following the attacks, the group leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his family was detained by the Nigerian army, while the IMN group members protest for the release of their leader and his family, in which they are attacks during the rally.
But On December 2016, the Federal High Court ordered the release of the Shiite Leader and his family, which put the group members in state of harmony.