The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has dismissed claims by the federal government alleging that the leader of the group, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is being detained for committing crimes, saying the Nigerian government is simply being intolerant to diverse religious beliefs.
The group in a statement released on Monday and signed by the president IMN Media Forum, Ibrahim Musa, said the actions been perpetrated by agents of the government has kept infringing on the fundamental and religious rights of citizens, specifically members of the group.
The group said they were vehemently opposed to the statement credited to Nigeria’s minister of information, Lai Muhammad, who claimed that the government has acted in consonance with the provisions of law.
The IMN in the statement further alleged that El-Zakzaky and his adherents were been persecuted owing to their religious beliefs.
IMN denounced the allegations levied against its leader, while urging the federal government to concede to courts orders to release the shite honcho.
It would be recalled that judicialsketch.com reported that the Nigerian government on Sunday said it rejected the United States’ (US) designation of the country as one that perpetrates severe violations of religious freedom, alleging that the US was trying to create mistrust among the various religious groups in Nigeria.
This was a reaction to US’ inclusion of Nigeria among countries it accused of stifling religious liberty last week.
In a statement issued in Abuja and made available to judicialsketch.com, minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed said Nigerians enjoys unfettered freedom to practice their religions.
He added that it was unfortunate that the U.S. fell for the antics of “the discontented and the unpatriotic few, who will not hesitate to hang Nigeria out to dry on the altar of their inordinate ambition and their sheer animosity towards the Buhari-led administration.”