- Governor Samuel Ortom has urged Nigerians to ensure they united against terrorism and other vices ravaging the nation
- Ortom said this at the launch of a book on Islamic Movement of Nigeria, its leadership and activities in Nigeria
- The author of the book lamented the number of lives lost across the nation because of non-state actors who have continued to set the narratives to destabilise the nation
The governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom has called on Nigerians to unite against Nigeria's enemies.
Speaking at the launch of 'Fatal Arrogance' authored by Terrence Kuanum, the governor who was the guest of honour at the event called on Nigerians to unite with a view to fighting the common enemy of the nation.
Represented by his senior special assistant, on liaison, Baba Acka, Governor Ortom described the author as an astute young man who has survived many battles most of which were in the interest of the peaceful coexistence of Nigeria.
Also speaking, the chancellor of Centre for International and Strategic Studies (CISS), Professor Ahmed Danfulani said the mission and vision of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and its leadership have not been stated by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky or his followers.
Danfulani said that the group mission is only focused on establishing an Islamic which has been politically resisted by the government and other religious organisations in Nigeria.
He also said the organisation and its members have been involved in various forms of violent acts which could be regarded as terrorism.
Danfulani said: “Their mission as an extremist organisation has also been captured in their official websites etc. What is known about their mission and vision could be seen when a careful study of their confessions and professions is embarked upon."
"It should be noted that just like how Boko Haram started, the activities of IMN is taking to the same pattern and process," Danfulani said.
He also said that the group mission and vision are to show their disregard for the Nigerian state and deliberate intensions to overthrow the Nigerian government through violent means.
In his remarks, Kuanum emphasized that the project became necessary because some international actors have begun taking advantage of the security situation in Nigeria Which has made it difficult for citizens to coexist together as Nigerians.
He lamented the number of lives lost across the nation because of non-state actors who have continued to set the narratives to destabilise the nation through violent agitations for their own selfish interest.
“At a point, our sovereignty was questioned because someone else was setting the narratives for us,” Kuanum said.
He called on Nigerians to have confidence in the nation and trust our institutions while countering the narratives aimed at destroying the stability if the nation.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has taken legal action against the spokesperson of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim Musa, over moves to publish a book on the clash between members of the group and troops of the Nigerian Army.
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The centre in a suit before a Kaduna state High Court said Musa's book is capable of jeopardizing the ongoing trial of the IMN leader.
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