AUTHORITIES in Nigeria say the Islamic Movement of Nigeria – IMN, is being sponsored to turn the country to an Islamic State.
The Nigerian government claimed in a counter-affidavit deposed by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Enyinnaya Adiogu at the Federal High Court, Abuja on Wednesday, that the IMN, led by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky did not recognise the authority of its leaders, adding that the movement views its leaders as corrupt and ungodly.
The federal government urged the court to dismiss the suit the IMN filed to challenge the order that proscribed its activities in Nigeria, saying that the relationship between El-Zakzaky and Iran started shortly after the 1979 violent revolution that led to the forceful takeover of power in that country.
In a 56-paragraph counter-affidavit that was deposed to by Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Operation, FCT Command, Enyinnaya Adiogu, the government told the court that Khomeini remained the Islamic Movement in Nigeria’s main inspiration.’
“That members of IMN first pledge allegiance to Khomeini at their gatherings, and then to their local leader, Sheikh Zakzaky.
“The IMN views itself as a government, and Sheikh Zakzaky as the only legitimate source of authority in Nigeria and it does not recognise the authority of the Nigerian government, and views its leaders both Muslims and Christians as corrupt and ungodly.
“That the Islamic Movement in Nigeria began with a Shia Muslim university activist, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, who became so impressed with the 1979 revolution in Iran that he wanted one at home (Nigeria).
“Later, El-Zakzaky went to Iran, ultimately becoming a Shia cleric.
“That at his return home, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky formed the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and turned it into a vehicle for proselytizing and gaining followers in 1990s.
“That till date, Sheikh El-Zakzaky enjoys the support of Iran in all the activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, including the agenda to make Nigeria an Islamic State.
“That as a result of El-Zakzaky Movement’s activities, many Muslim youths have converted to Shia-Islam of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
“That the main aim of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is to propagate the ideology in Iran and turn the country (Nigeria) into an Islamic State as was done in the Iranian Revolution of 1979.”
The court adjourned further hearing on the matter till September 11.