Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shi’ites, has promised to put a stop to their mode of practicing Islam if the Nigerian government can prove that what they are doing is wrong.
A report monitored in Abuja quoted Shi’ites leader in Katsina State, Malam Yahaya Yakubu, that the government did not understand IMN even as he claimed that the group “knows the government better.
“We have no other way to demonstrate and worship God than peaceful march through the streets and we have never instigated violence.
“The government should provide evidence justifying that what we are doing is wrong even in the sight of God. If they can, we will stop.
“We are in good relationship with our neighbours and even assist them in times of disasters.
Yakubu called for a dialogue between the group and the government for mutual understanding of each other, saying: “our doors are always open for dialogue with the government. it is an unconditional offer to enable government understand us even though we have understood them already.
“We have no other country, but Nigeria.” We invited the media in order to open up our activities on what we are doing to promote religious peace and interfaith harmony”, he added.
The IMN, headed by Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, a Shia Muslim cleric, is a religious and political organization based in the northern region of Nigeria.
Following weeks of clashes between security forces and members of the group who continued to protest in the nation’s capital over the continued incarceration of Sheikh Zakzky, the Federal High in Abuja on July 26,2019 granted the Nigerian Government an order to proscribe the IMN after declaring it a terrorist group.