Security Agencies Desperate To Link Us With Boko Haram – Shi’ites
BEVERLY HILLS, April 04, (THEWILL) – The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN better known as Shi'ites, has accused security agencies in the country of desperate attempts to associate it with the Boko Haram Islamist sect, stating that it has received intelligence reports where security operatives claim that IMN is planning a coalition with the terrorist sect.
In a statement issued on Monday by the IMN media president, Ibrahim Musa, the group, while reiterating its peaceful disposition, denied having any alliance with the Boko Haram sect, stressing that it is the same Boko Haram that bombed it members during an Ashura procession in Potiskum, Yobe state in 2014 and also sent suicide bombers to the Arba'een trek along Kano –Zaria highway killing many innocent people including women and children.
According to the statement, “The intelligence report further indicated that due to the said 'strategic alliance with Boko Haram, attacks will be carried out on military formations and other government buildings. Ordinarily we wouldn't have even reacted to this latest 'intelligence report' had it not been due to the frequency with which the report is being peddled across the intelligence community, since we have in the past reiterated our stance vis-à-vis terrorism and terrorist groups.
“However we distance the IMN from any attempt to associate it with violence and other militant activities. Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, our revered leader has said it many times without number that: “Our weapon is positive reasoning, truth and good conduct. Guns are for the reckless and foolhardy ones. We have been conducting our affairs peacefully, calling people to the truth for the last 36 years. So you cannot come overnight and attribute violence to us that we now resort to killing people. This is impossible. We save lives not kill them.”
IMN, which vowed not deviate from the teachings of its leader in the face of many provocations, stated categorically “that there are no connections or any links whatsoever between the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and Boko Haram.”
Musa further stated that “IMN in the first place is not the creation of any foreign security agencies, which is common with all the various terrorist groups globally. It was borne out of the desire of Muslims to live according to the teachings of Islam. IMN has been around at least in Nigeria for almost four decades now, with its various educational programs now commonly known in many Nigerian villages, towns and cities and with all its activities peacefully and transparently conducted.
“Hence, there is no basis for any comparison with the Boko Haram that is a terrorist organization and a creation of global imperialism with the intention of tarnishing the image of Islam.
“Moreover it is the same so called Boko Haram that bombed our brothers and sisters during an Ashura procession in Potiskum, Yobe state in 2014 and also sent suicide bombers to the Arba'een trek along Kano –Zaria highway killing many innocent people including women and children.
“It beats any sane imagination that IMN will now turn to the same group in what the intelligence agents term 'strategic alliance'. The IMN will like to reiterate its stance once again; we reject any violence or militant attack on anybody or any place in our name. We are not and will never become, act or relate with any terrorist group.”
“We make bold this statement because the history of security agencies the world over is known for false flag operations, Nigeria inclusive; where a violent attack will be carried out somewhere and innocent people will be accused of the crime. Islam is a religion of peace and is not associated with violence; therefore it is illogical to associate killings and violence to true followers of Islam.”