False Myths & Realities About The Islamic Movement of Nigeria ( IMN )

False Myths & Realities About The Islamic Movement of Nigeria ( IMN ):

After the brutal #Zaria_Massacre by the Nigerian Army that killed 1000+ defenseless & unarmed Nigerian #Shia_Muslims, the Nigerian government have launch a campaign of calumny and dis – information to demonize the Islamic Movement of Nigeria ( IMN ) under the leadership of His Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem #Zakzaky so as to justify the brutal slaughter of 1000+ Nigerians.

They created false myths and with the instruments of the State tried to sustain those false myths by using any crook method available to poison the minds of Nigerians on the programs and activities of IMN. For the sake of discuss I will take those myths one after the other and subject them to logical analysis for the benefit of all Nigerians who seek Truth and only Truth.

MYTH:The IMN is a violent organization and its members are violent people!

REALITY:The question is what is #violence? Violence is defined by the World Health Organization as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation”

The American Psychological Association simply define violence as “an extreme form of aggression, such as assault, rape or murder.”

We ask the Nigerian government this question:”How many Nigerians did the IMN killed since its more than 37 years of existence & how many Nigerian women did IMN members raped or assaulted within that period of time?”

The obvious answer is that there are none cases of any killing by IMN but the same Nigerian government went on a drunken propaganda spree claiming through the Nigerian Army Chief Buratai that “IMN are more violent than #BokoHaram”. BokoHaram insurgency has killed more than 30,000 innocent Nigerians, abducted 1000s of Nigerian women & girls, destroyed countless schools, bombed mosques & churches yet the Nigerian government want us to believe the false myth that “IMN is more violent than BokoHaram!”

MYTH:IMN is “operating a state within a state” & that is a challenge to the Nigerian state!

REALITY:True Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky have representatives in various towns, cities & villages of Nigeria and in other West African countries that oversee the programs & activities of IMN. If this is “operating a state within a state” then the Sultan of Sokoto is also “operating a state within a state” since all the Emirs of Northern Nigeria are his representatives. The Emir of Kano is also “operating a state within a state” since he has representatives in all the 44 Local Government Areas of Kano state. By extension all the Chiefs, Obas & Obis in Nigeria are “operating a state within a state”. The Bishop of Rome also has representatives in major Nigerian towns & cities, is that also “operating a state within a state”?

MYTH:IMN are armed & they will attack the Nigerian state!

REALITY:This false myth that IMN is armed originated from the foreign intelligence agencies of USA, Israel and Saudi Arabia. They have been bombarding all the previous Nigerian governments that #Iran has supplied tonnes of weapons to IMN for the violent take-over of the Nigerian state! The Nigerian government via the Nigerian Army in its paid Advertorials after the brutal #Zaria_Massacre sold this line of thinking to Nigerians that the got “credible information” that IMN was stockpiling weapons in the Zaria Husseiniyya.

The question that we ask the Nigerian government is that where are those weapons and arms? The Nigerian government destroyed the iconic Zaria #Husseiniyya and desecrated the grave yard of IMN looking for weapons and arms but found nothing. If they had found anything, they would have paraded them considering their desperation to justify the genocide on IMN. Though when they presented the imprisoned members of IMN in court they claimed they caught them with weapons but Nigerians knows this is a clear case of framing members of IMN.

And the concept of the call of IMN does not entails violent take over of territories or violent conversation. These are concepts notoriously known to the murderous Wahhabi-inspired groups such as #ISIS, #AlQaeda, #BokoHaram etc that kill the innocent in the name of #Islam. The concept of IMN is based on logical reasoning and peaceful propagation.

MYTH:IMN is funded by Iran petro-dollars & people are paid to become Shia Muslims!

REALITY:The Saudi regime and their Wahhabi hirelings in Nigeria are the ones propagating this myth and the Nigerian government is actively abating them using proxies.

The answer to this false myth is simple, we challenge the Nigerian government to provide proofs and back- up documents including Bank details to defend this allegation. The fact that they can not provide any means that they do not have any evidence but they promote this myth to questioned the Nigerian – ness of IMN.

And if Nigerians are paid to become Shia Muslims as alleged, then why can’t the much richer Saudis pay Nigerians to become Wahhabis? Only the most foolish of the fool will think that faith can be bought just like a commodity. How much will they pay you to face rain of bullets and bombs like what happened in the Zaria massacre?

MYTH:IMN block roads during its programs!

REALITY:After the brutal Zaria massacre, the supporters of that inhuman genocide created this myth to tarnish the image of IMN. True most of IMN National programs attracts millions of members from all parts of Nigeria and even beyond but those programs are not daily or weekly or monthly, they are programs that are less than five (5) programs yearly. Most of the other programs are conducted in local zones and levels. And it is a fact known to all Nigerians that all religious groups in Nigeria whether Muslims or Christians have the problem of traffic in their national programs. Even Nigerian politicians block roads during their campaigns. The Emir of Kano and other Emirs of Northern Nigeria Block roads during their Dubar activities.

The question is why is the Nigerian government trying to portray that it is only the IMN that is guilty of this? And in all its programs and activities, the Aid Volunteers of IMN always make sure that traffic do not stop and the inconvenience cause are minimized as much as possible.

Finally, truth is clear from falsehood and no matter how impressive falsehood is dressed it will never become truth. It will always remain falsehood and the world is yet to discover the Almighty Formula that convert falsehood to truth. Maybe the Buharis, Buratais & Elrufais of this world are working hard to discover that Almighty Formula but history has taught us that they will never succeed.

God Bless All Those Who Seek Truth!

Harun Elbinawi


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