The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has faulted the call for its ban by the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN).
The spokesman for the Shiites, Mr Ibrahim Musa, made the observation on Monday during in telephone interview with Channels Television.
He claimed that the Sharia group had never respected the beliefs of the movement led by Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, saying they are not surprised at such call.
“The group called Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria is a group of some people that are known for their hate campaigns against anybody who is not following their own religious belief, especially Christians and we who are followers of Shiite Islamic faith.
“Islamic Movement in Nigeria is just a collection of Muslims who believe that Muslims should be guided by Allah’s teaching and his prophet’s teachings.
They noted that the acts of impunity exhibited by the Shiite group over the years in Zaria, Kaduna State and other states in Nigeria’s northern region, were against the teachings of Islam and the Nigerian Constitution.
The Islamic group re-emphasised the urgent need to proscribe the Shiites for the interest of peace and security of Nigeria.
The Kaduna State chapter of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN) has called on the Federal Government, to ban all activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and prosecute their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.
The Muslim leaders maintained that the acts of impunity exhibited by the group over the years in Zaria and other states in Nigeria’s northern region, were against the teachings of Islam and the Nigerian Constitution.
They re-emphasised the urgent need to proscribe the Shiites for the interest of peace and security of Nigeria.
The spokesman for the SCSN, Sheikh Muhammad Suleiman, told reporters that failure of the government to deal decisively with the alleged excesses of the Shiites would pose a great security risk for the country.
The Islamic group also called on the Federal Government to stop the herdsmen crisis by checkmating the influx of herdsmen that come into Nigerian from other neighbouring African countries.
They stated that the armed herdsmen that have been attacking and killing innocent citizens in some parts of the country are not Nigerians.
Workers in Osun State under the aegis of Association of Senior Civil Servants Of Nigeria (SCSN), Osun State branch and Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Tuesday took to the streets of Osogbo the State capital to demand from the payment of outstanding salaries.
The protesting workers who were seen carrying placards with various inscription like “Pay our salaries”, “Our members are dying of hunger”.
Other inscriptions showed that their demands were centred on the non-payment of outstanding salaries owed by the State government, regularisation of the contributory pension scheme.
It also includes non-release and Implementation of promotion of officers since year 2013 and non-payment of pension arrears to workers who resigned when the contributory Pension Scheme was introduced.
The spokesperson for the group, Comrade Akinyemi Olatunji, stated that if the state government failed to meet their demands, the workers would continue the action.
A spokesperson for Osun State Government, Semiu Okanlawon, said, “although the government recognises the right of the workers to seek for the payment of their entitlement, the non-Payment of salaries running to about four months is due to the economic situation of the country which had affected the State allocation adversely”.
He appealed to the workers to exercise patience and bear with the government, with the hope that the State Government is mostly concerned about their welfare and would find a lasting solution to the issues raised soon.