The Islamic Movement of Nigeria IMN, popularly known and the Shi’ites may likely have another clash with the Police despite the proscription of their activities by the Federal Government.
Recall that KOKOTV reported how FG Secures Court Order Proscribing Shiites As Terrorist Organisation. However, as reported by Punch, the group is planning to observe the annual Shi’ites Muslims Ashura procession in honour of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Husayn Ibn Ali.
The group reportedly dared the Police and the FG’s proscription and insisted on observing the procession come Tuesday September 9th. In an exclusive interview with Sunday Punch, a highly placed member of the group revealed that its members would troop out from cities and villages in the 19 northern states and Abuja to mark its annual procession.
The President, Media Forum of IMN, Ibrahim Musa, who also doubles as the group’s spokesperson also confirmed the movement, noting that some Shi’ites had already commenced the mourning procession in various cities without any arrest.
“To date, there have been no arrests since we started the Ashura mourning procession in various cities and villages. We will join our Shia brothers worldwide in commemorating the killing of the Prophet’s grandson, Imam Husayn on the tenth of Muharram (Tuesday). Our leader, Sheikh Zakzaky, has demonstrated our love for our country. We would rather die here than leave since we are not criminals. Our procession will hold on Tuesday in Abuja and major cities in the North, Insha Allah“, he said.
He further noted that the procession is a peaceful one and if any clash occurs, then it is the FG that is causing one, not them. “Ours is a peaceful religious procession, that is why our women and children join us. So, if there is any confrontation, it is the government that may cause it, not us. We are ready to sacrifice our lives just as Imam Husayn did in Karbala. We are not going to war, we are going on a mourning procession which is a universal event on that day”, he told Sunday Punch.
Reacting to the proposed event, the Police force when contacted also dared the group to see the consequences they will face if the procession is held. “What do you want me to say? Let them (Shi’ites) carry out their procession first, then you would see what the police would do,” the force’s spokesperson DCP Frank Mba said.
The Ashura, also called the Day of Ashura, is the tenth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. Husayn ibn Ali was Husayn was said to have died during the Battle of Karbala fought on October 10, 680 between his army and the army of the second Umayyad caliph Yazid I.