Nigerians lament as Buhari officially bans Zakzaky’s Islamic group

Following the announcement by the Federal Government that the activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) have officially been banned, Nigerians have lamented that the action may be a step closer to another terrorist group.

“You want to forcefully create another terrorist group?” a Facebook user, Jhon Tekena Peterson, said.

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The Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu told newsmen at a press conference in Abuja that IMN which was founded by Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky had been proscribed.

Recall that an Abuja Federal High Court declared the group a terrorist organisation a few days ago following an ex parte application filed by the federal government.

IMN spokesman Ibrahim Musa described the court order as a joke during a press conference.

However, some of those who reacted on social media called for more clarification on the pronouncement.

According to Agwa Jacob, “I believe this is clear misrepresentation of the IGP’s address. It should be the activities of the Shi’ites not banning the entire group. why didn’t the reporter quote the entirety of this short statement He said anyone who associates with the group will be treated as “an enemy of state” as what the IGP said?

“There are organisers of the protest why not pick them up to answer pertinent questions. Fire brigade approach to issues on national security shouldn’t be treated the way these are doing.

“We are made to understand there are over 2 million members of this sect, do we see up to two hundred thousand of them on Abuja and Kaduna streets?”

Nentawe Gomiyar said, “there should be a clear distinction between the Shiites as a sect and IMN.”

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Another Facebook user Babz said, “They are negotiating with bandits and setting Boko Haram free hehe what a country.”

A twitter user @Mudi1012 said, “I just hope the Shiites leader doesn’t die in FG custody because what will happen might be deadlier than Boko Haram.”

More reactions and demonstrations are expected to trail the official banning of the group in the coming days.

 

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