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Protest Suspension: Shi’ites Disowns Statement, Says No Going Back On Protest

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, otherwise called Shiites, has dissociated itself from the initial statement calling for the temporary suspension of the protest issued by one of its members.

The Shiites said that the opinions and position of the Movement were not represented in the statement issued by Malam Ibrahim Musa.

In a statement issued by Abdullahi Muhammad Musa, for the Academic Forum, the Forum of the Sisters and Abul-Fadl, the Movement said they would continue their protest for the unconditional release of their leader Sheikh Ibraheem El Zakzaky and his wife.

The statement says: “On July 31, 2019, a press statement entitled” We are temporarily suspending our street protests “and signed by Malam Ibrahim Musa, president of the Islamic Movement Media Forum in Nigeria, went viral.

“The article was published and transmitted by numerous media, both local and international. In the statement, it was written that “this was primarily to create openings in problem solving, especially the judicial case instituted by our attorneys in the federal government’s ban order this week.”

He also stated that “if there are any protests occurring anywhere in the country, it may be that this notice has not reached people in the field or that this message is misunderstood or that there are some security agents behind it. ”

“First of all, we would like to state for the record that, apart from the members of the media forum, none of us were informed of this before seeing it in the newspapers and online.

Secondly, it is assumed that the Islamic Movement’s media forum consists of journalists and, therefore, does not participate in the organization of our ceremonies, our protests or legal activities, among others.

“Thirdly, no decision of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria has been communicated on the page of a newspaper.

“Contrary to what the statement may imply; It is important to keep in mind that the ban order was not an act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but of some Federal Superior Court in the capital, Abuja.

“Keep in mind that the courts do not make laws, the National Assembly does; And there is a process involved. According to the Constitution, even the president lacks the legal authority to simply pronounce edicts in law; Nigeria is not an absolute monarchy. More preeminently, the right to protest peacefully is enshrined in the Constitution of Nigeria. Impunity is not.