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Shiites blame Buhari, gov for worsening insecurity

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The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), known as Shiites, has blamed President Muhammadu Buhari and a governor in the North for the worsening insecurity in the country.

IMN alleged that the recent attempt to kidnap the Emir of Birnin Gwari, Alhaji Zubairu Maigwari, was a conspiracy by those in authority, urging Nigerians to demand adequate security from the government.

Spokesman of IMN, Musa Ibrahim, stated in Kaduna yesterday: “It has come to the notice of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria of a security leak made by a rabble-rousing governor of one of the northern states that some prominent traditional rulers and leading members of IMN will be attacked.

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“We wouldn’t have reacted, if not for the fact that the present regime doesn’t value human life anymore since the 2015 Zaria genocide where over 1,000 lives were extra-judicially killed, thousands maimed and properties worth millions of naira destroyed. Considering that the Emir of Birnin Gwari was attacked recently, we may ask the noise-making governor to explain.”

It urged Nigerians to demand explanation from the Buhari regime on the deteriorating security situation in the country, especially in the North, and hold it responsible.

“During Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, Buhari and his loyalists were at the forefront demanding the resignation of Jonathan over the worsening security at that time; we wonder why the present regime will turn a blind eye to the same medicine it advocated for others before it.

“Since we are talking of security, it behoves us to refute a viral video clip packaged by WION news channel, an Indian international English language news owned by Essel Group and part of Zee Media network of channels. The almost nine-minute clip was commenting on terrorism in Nigeria, especially as it concerns Boko Haram and banditry in the country. The narration was almost correct on many issues it raised, but at the end, it included IMN among the terror groups aligned with the dreaded Boko Haram.

“How on earth could the producers of the clip make such a gaffe? Boko Haram and IMN are poles apart, both in terms of Islamic orientation and methodology.

“In fact, Boko Haram claimed a terror attack staged against the Arbaeen mourners along Kano to Zaria highway, where dozens were killed, a confirmation that we are also at the receiving end of its anti-Islamic terror attacks. It seems the old but tried and failed attempt of painting IMN under the leadership of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky with the terror label is at play again.”

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