- Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly called Shiites have denied claims that they are a violent set of Muslims
- The IMN member said that they have no other way to express their worship of Allah other than peaceful march on streets
- The group therefore gave an open invitation to the federal government for dialogue after it was proscribed
Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) fondly referred to as Shiites have made an appeal to the federal government for a peaceful dialogue.
This is coming months after President Muhammadu Buhari placed a ban on the activities of members of the IMN, The Nation reports.
The group, through its leader in the Katsina chapter, Malam Yahaya Yakubu, on Saturday, October 19, said that the move is to ensure that peace reigns in the country.
Denying allegation that it is a violent sect, Yakubu said that the group knows no other way to worship God other than peaceful march on streets.
The IMN leader in Katsina said: "our doors are always open for dialogue with federal government, it is an unconditional offer to enable government understand us even though we have understood them already, we have no other country but Nigeria.
‘’We are in good relationship with our neighbours and even assist them in times of disasters. We invited the media in other to open up our activities on what we are doing to promote religious peace and interfaith harmony."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that there was another clash between police officers and Shiites in Abuja on Friday, October 18.
Chanting their grievance as they hoist red and white flags, IMN members demanded the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
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