Shi’ites reject Kaduna White Paper on Zaria bloody clash



The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, yesterday rejected the White Paper released by the Kaduna State government, which indicted them over the bloody clash with soldiers in Zaria last year December.

The state government had on Monday released a White Paper and said members of the IMN were terrorists, having banned the movement earlier in October based on the report of the panel of inquiry.

However, addressing journalists yesterday, Head, Shuhadah Foundation of IMN, Sheikh AbdulHamid Bello, alleged that the state government ignored 99 per cent of the recommendations of the inquiry and recognised only the ones that called for the restriction of IMN.

Asked if IMN was a registered organisation, Sheikh Bello said all organizations under IMN are registered. He, however, maintained that: “IMN is not a body. It is a phenomenon. It is not an organisation; it is like Islam and Christianity. Can you register Islam? Can you register Christianity? So, all organisations under IMN are registered.”

He further explained, “From our preliminary analysis of the so-called ‘retroactive White paper,’ the Kaduna State government rejected the core recommendations of the judicial commission of inquiry and only accepted the ones that suggested the unconstitutional restriction of the activities of the IMN and the continuation of hostile activities towards its properties.

“In the meantime, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is in consultation with its legal team on the next line of action and will issue a fuller after completing these consultations.”

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