After weeks of violent protests both in Kaduna State and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and following the proscription order on their group as a terrorist organisation by the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration, the Shiites group has announced a temporal suspension of their protest.
The group is known as the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) on Wednesday released a statement by its spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa said the decision to suspend the protest against the Government over the continued detention of their leader,Zakzaky was done in “good faith and out of respect for some eminent people and groups, whose input in the resolution of the problems appears genuine”. he said.
The statement released by the Shiites group 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”. the statement said.