The Federal Government of Nigeria has officially declared the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiite, as a security threat.
The Government of Nigeria reportedly stated its position in its rejection of the 2015/2016 annual report of the Amnesty International, which accused the Nigerian Government and military of extreme human rights via lotions and brutal response to Biafra agitation, Boko Haram terrorism and Shiites.
Amnesty International had earlier accused the Nigerian military of unlawful killings, detention and inhumane treatment of Biafran agitators, Shiites and its leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and also clampdown on freedom of speech.
According to the recent statement released by the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the government insisted that Shiites and the Biafran agitators were threats to national security.
“The Ministry wishes to point out that the case of Mr. El-Zakzaky, which Amnesty International pronounced on, is a high and national security issue.
“The activities of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and the El-Zakzaky movement in particular are reminiscent of Boko Haram which has become a menace and security concern not only to the Nigeria, but also the Lake Chad Basin region and the entire world. The activities of the El-Zakzaky movement is one that cannot be tolerated by any progressive democratic government.”
The court had sometime last year ordered the Government of Nigeria to release the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenab, who have been in detention since December 2015 after a clash with the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State.
A ruling the Government of Nigeria had already appealed last year December.
Regarding the accusation by Amnesty International on the Federal Government concerning Biafran agitators, the ministry said that “the agitation for a sovereign State of Biafra is unacceptable and detrimental to the peace, unity, stability and development of the Nigerian state.
“The scenario captured and the report itself lacked conformity to both local and international best standards on evidence gathering,” said the ministry.