The on-going series of public demonstrations by Islamic Movement of Nigeria has been suspended indefinitely. The Shi’ites group is pursuing a case against its proscription in a Federal High Court and does not want to undermine the process by engaging in extra-judicial measures to achieve their aim.
This position is contained in a statement issued by the group today and signed by Ibrahim Musa, it’s spokesman.
The movement said anybody seen protesting in the name of the movement might be because “this notice hasn’t reached those in the field or this message is misunderstood or it is some security agents who are mischievously behind it as they have been doing in an attempt to smear our image”.
According to him, the decision was taken in “good faith out of respect for some eminent people and groups, whose input in the resolution of the problems appears genuine”.
The statement reads: “The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) do hereby announce to the general public and the international community that it has temporarily suspended its Free Zakzaky street protests to allow for some new openings into the resolution of the problems, especially the court case instituted by our lawyers on the proscription order made by the federal government this week. “It has taken this step in good faith out of respect for some eminent people and groups, whose input in the resolution of the problems appears genuine and we sincerely hope an amicable way could be found to solve the crises surrounding the illegal detention of our leader for almost four years now. “If at all any protests occur anywhere in the country, it might be this notice hasn’t reached those in the field or this message is misunderstood or it is some security agents who are mischievously behind it as they have been doing in an attempt to smear our image and be seen as unruly people rather than as victims of savage oppression since 2015. “The Islamic Movement (IMN) wishes to thank both national and international civil rights activists and organizations who have been busy demanding the protection of our fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution. “We also thank the press, both national and international, and the social media activists for the full coverage of our activities throughout the struggle for justice. “We are committed to exploring the new openings we have seen in resolving this protracted issue. We, therefore, reiterate our demand that our leader, his wife and several others in detention be given their freedom denied to them since 2015”.