- Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shiites, have reacted to the federal government's move to ban their activities
- The sect also decried the Nigerian government's decision to declare it a terrorist group
- Abdullahi Musa, the spokesman of the academic forum of IMN, said that the sect practices only religion and that no one has the right to ban Shiites' activities in Nigeria
- Musa said that the federal government's ban on Shiites' activities will create another problem in Nigeria
The federal government's move to declare the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) a terrorist group and the ban placed on the sect have been protested seriously by its members also know as Shiites.
Abdullahi Musa, the spokesman of the academic forum of IMN, reacting to the federal government's position, said that the sect practices nothing but religion, Daily Trust reports.
Musa went on to say that no one has the constitutional backing to ban religious activities in the country.
Musa said: “We practice religion; it is Islam we practice and nobody will ban us from praying under the law.
"Does it mean we cannot do all the activities of the sect? Nobody has any right to ban any religion in Nigeria except they want to create another problem in Nigeria.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government had obtained an order to proscribe IMN as a terrorist group.
Legit.ng gathered that the vacation judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Justice Nkeonye Maha, issued the order in a ruling in which she also designated the activities of the Shiite organisation in any part of Nigeria “as acts of terrorism and illegality.”
A lawyer in the chamber of the attorney general of the federation who asked not to be named, confirmed that the solicitor general, Dayo Akpata, obtained the experte order on behalf of the federal government.
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