Chai…President of the media forum of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, better identified as Shiites, Ibrahim Musa has faulted the comparison made by former America’s Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell on the Shia Islamic movement and the dreaded Boko Haram sect.
A statement issued on Sunday evening with regards to the assertion made by the former US Ambassador reads: “The attention of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria has been drawn to a piece titled, “Nigeria’s Treatment of Shia Minority Recalls That of Boko Haram,” written by a former American Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, posted on the website of American think-tank organisation, the Council on Foreign Relations, which gained wide coverage in Nigeria’s media.
“The former Ambassador drew similarities between the dreaded Boko Haram and the Islamic Movement, under the able leadership of our illegally detained Leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.
“The need to issue this press statement becomes imperative in view of the deliberate blackmail, witch-hunt and mischief inherently contained in the write up.
“His assertion that,” advocacy of violence aside, there are striking ideological similarities between IMN and Boko Haram, at least for outside observers” is most unfortunate. His claim that, “both want an Islamic state based on Islamic law, and both want the end to Western influence, including in education’, is grossly misleading. Equally mischievous was his summation that, “both also seek the end of northern Nigeria’s traditional political and religious elite. For IMN, the model appears to be the aspiration of the post – revolutionary Iranian Islamic state. Boko Haram’s vision appears more nebulous and less developed, but both try to function as a state-within-state.’
“For the records, we and Boko Haram are clearly poles apart. As Sheikh Zakzaky himself reportedly pointed out, Boko Haram is the creation of the oil hungry West; a claimed Ambassador Campbell erroneously claimed is implausible. However, it is on record that the equally dreaded ISIS organization wreaking havoc in the middle east, to which Boko Haram gives its allegiance, is the creation of the US