The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly called Shi’ites group, says it has nothing to do with the Boko Haram terror group.
In a statement issued in Kaduna, Tuesday, March 23, the Movement described itself as a victim of terror and not a terror group.
The Movement, in the statement signed by Ibrahim Musa, the head of its media forum, was reacting to the various security issues in the country, among which was the allegation by an Indian news channel, WION, that it (the Movement) has links with Boko Haram.
“Since we are talking of security, it behoves on us to refute a viral video clip packaged by WION news channel, an Indian international English language news owned by Essel Group and part of Zee Media network of channels,” IMN said.
It explained: “The almost 9-minute clip was commenting on terrorism in Nigeria, especially as it concerns Boko Haram and banditry in the country.”
“The narration was almost hundred percent correct on many issues it raised, but at the tail end of it, it included the Islamic Movement in Nigeria among the terror groups aligned with the dreaded Boko Haram.”
IMN queried: “How on earth could the producers of the clip make such a gaffe?” arguing, “Boko Haram and the Islamic Movement are poles apart both in terms of Islamic orientation and methodology.”
The movement recalled that it was once also a victim of terror attack.
“In fact, Boko Haram claimed a terror attack staged against the Arbaeen mourners along Kano to Zaria highway, where dozens (of its members) were killed, a confirmation that we are also at the receiving end of its unislamic terror attacks,” it recalled.
“The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has been a victim of state-sponsored terrorism, especially in the about six years of Buhari regime which is still trying to sweep its crimes under the carpet.”
“We are not a terror group but a terror victim of the Buhari regime.”
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