Mallam A Yashi, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) in Bauchi State, in a press conference on Wednesday in Bauchi, said that the group will observe its religious rites despite the alleged crackdown on its members by the Nigerian security forces.
The Shiites group has been order and banned from holding religious procession.
In Kano State few days ago, the group while on procession clashed with the operatives of the Nigeria police force, consequently resulting to the reported death of two members of the group.
Mr. Yashi said that their members have been attacked by security forces on their way to Zaria from various destinations while observing the annual Arba’een symbolic trekking.
He noted that the Arba’een trekking is a religious rite being observed by its members to commemorate the historical incidence which occurred in Karbala in which members of Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) family were killed.
He added that the group has been observing the annual event for six year without clashing with anyone until two years ago when President Muhammadu Buhari took over power, they clashed with the Nigerian Army and allegedly led to the death of 1,000 of their members.
Mallam Yashi reaffirmed that as long as there is law which guarantees the freedom of religion in Nigeria, the Shiites group will do everything legally possible to ensure its members observe their religious rites and obligation.