This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Monday, December 5, 2016
IMN IS NOT AN INSURGENT GROUP
6th December, 2016
IMN IS NOT AN INSURGENT GROUP
Government yesterday declared the embattled Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) an
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) rejects this new label
for an otherwise pacific organization. The new declaration is nothing short of
calling a dog a bad name in other to hang it. Kaduna State government is being
economical with the truth, killing a fly with a sledge hammer and engaging in
This is a very
dangerous dimension. Coming shortly after a competent court of law ordered the
release of the IMN leader, Shaykh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky from detention, this stigmatization
is just another attempt by the state government to jump the gun. The
declaration is short in equity, long in injustice. But we must remember Martin
Luther’s warning that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Kaduna government is
pregnant with ingredients of all the five evils which Chamberlain spoke about,
viz, brute force, bad faith, injustice, oppression and persecution. Why is it
that the only thing men learn from history is that they learn nothing from
history? Kaduna has not learnt anything from the Boko Haram phenomenon. Kaduna
has chosen to prove both Hegel and Karl Marx right in their postulate that
history always repeats itself.
MURIC is however constrained to remind all stakeholders
of the divine warning contained in Qur’an 8:25 “Fear a tumult which will affect
those who caused it as well as the innocent ones”. Was this not how Boko Haram
started? Police brutality and extra-judicial killing of the group’s leader
caused its metamorphosis into a terror machine. But is it the police alone that
are facing the consequences today?
MURIC calls on well-meaning Nigerians to speak out.
It was the great Shaykh Uthman Bin Fudi (Uthman
Dan Fodio) who said, “In an unjust society, silence is a
crime...” Let us speak up now before it is too late.
But members of the IMN also need to do some
assessment. Something must be wrong
with a system
against which so many neighbours
(including Muslims) confirm that they
had had bitter
encounters with members of the IMN.
about the group’s open display of arrogance.
people could not have been lying.
Something must be wrong with a
embarrasses the rest of the Muslim
Ummah and from
which they dissociate themselves.
We commend the leadership of the
Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) for
its efforts in
resolving the IMN debacle and the
maturity it has
manifested in handling the matter. Due
to the sensitive
nature of the issue, NSCIA has engaged
diplomatic shuttling between governments
and the IMN
from the beginning. We urge the NSCIA
to continue the
In conclusion, we appeal to the Kaduna State
government to de-label
IMN and begin a process of reconciliation and reorientation for its members.
is the path of visionary leadership and responsible
governance. It is the path of peace. On its own part,
IMN must improve its relationship with other
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)