John Ameh and Godwin Isenyo
The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, on Wednesday released the gazette on the clash between the Nigerian Army and Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky-led Islamic Movement in Nigeria popularly known as Shittes.
The Special Assistant on Media and. Publicity to Governor el-Rufai, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, said at a press conference held at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna, that the government would uphold religious freedom and all constitutional rights of every resident to practice the religion of their choice.
Aruwan noted that it was the fundamental obligation of the government to preserve security and uphold the rights of all citizens both to practise their faith without inhibition by people of other faith.
The governor’s spokesman said, “The gazette solemnly declares the IMN as unlawful group that continues to threaten public order in the state. The IMN was never a registered organisation and it refused to conduct itself with full adherence to the laws of this state.”
Aruwan said the IMN ignored the law and neglected the obligations of civility.
He said, “Other groups in the Shia tradition are active in Nigeria. Like adherents of all other faith, they are free to practise their creed without injuring the rights of others.
“Kaduna State has suffered and endured too many calamities, triggered by persons and groups that insist on foisting their faith or political preferences on others. It is a hallmark of civilisation that every assertion of rights by a citizen is done with full acknowledgement of, and respect for the rights of other citizens”
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives on Wednesday asked the Federal Government and the Kaduna State governments to declare a state of emergency on southern Kaduna to contain the escalating killings by “terrorists” in the area.
It said a military strike force should be set up to provide security in the Southern Kaduna Senatorial District, in addition to “actualising the resolve to set up a military battalion in Kafanchan or such other place in southern Kaduna.”
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