Nigerian Authorities Begin Mass Demolition of IMN Properties
Reports are filtering through that Nigerian authorities have begun demolishing buildings belonging to the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in the northern state of Kaduna.
They include schools, hospitals and seminaries.
A school in the city of Saminaka and another one in Zaria have been razed.
The demolitions are totally unprovoked and came without prior warning.
They are the latest outrage in a campaign of persecution against the IMN which has seen its leaders and followers killed, shot, arrested, raped, beaten and harassed since December 2015 when an army led to over 1000 people, mainly IMN members and supporters, being massacred.
The demolitions come on the heels of a military attack on a peaceful Ashura procession earlier this week which saw 100 marchers killed and many others wounded or detained.
The persecution of the IMN continues despite moves by the ICC to try and rein in the Nigerian authorities. Yesterday the Attorney General and Minister of Justice flew to International Criminal Court (ICC) to answer questions about last December’s massacre.
The demolitions also appear to be designed to provoke a reaction from the IMN and its followers so as to provide an excuse to authorities to carry out more killings.
IHRC calls on the international community to do everything in its power to dissuade the Nigerian authorities from committing yet more human rights abuses against more of its own civilians.
Press Statement: KDSG demolishes another Fudiyya Islamic School and Husainiyya
Friday, 18 November 2016 10:00
A combined team of security and Kaduna State government personnel have demolished the Fudiyya Islamic School at Zaria and the Husainiyya in Saminaka. The Fudiyya Islamic School in Zaria is a registered educational facility of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria with nursery, primary and secondary sections with hundreds of pupils studying there.
The Husainiyya in Saminaka was under construction when the Wahhabis lured the KDSG to stop the construction. The government used state resources and filed a case before the court and a court order was issued for the construction to be stopped which the IMN complied with.
The KDSG never issued any notice before this demolition. They didn’t also show any court order authorizing them to that effect. They simply came with bulldozers along with heavily armed security personnel and commenced the demolition of the Islamic center.
In the process of demolishing the Fudiyya School in Zaria they shattered the tomb of late Alhaji Hamid Danlami which the bulldozer ran over. The security agents became spectators when miscreants at the scene were busy looting and carting away valuables of the school.
We are aware that the Nasir El-Rufai-led Kaduna state government is in a mission trying to provoke IMN members to justify another killing spree on them having failed in an earlier attempt using security men dressed as thugs to attack, kill and loot property of IMN members.
We are also aware that the state government is planning to clampdown on IMN members in the state, killing as many as possible in the most cruel means possible, in order to scare people away from the IMN. The Elrufai government is also wasting scarce state resources in sponsoring some dubious religious clerics to preach hate and enmity in the state, rather than investing in solving the myriads of problems bedevilling the state.
We call on Mr. Nasiru El-Rufai to desist from further suppression of IMN members and the brazen violations of our Rights to worship, associate and not to be discriminated against. Moreso, he has no business deciding what faith people adhere to.
No amount of suppression, destruction of property, or wanton killing can wipe out our faith. Hence all his efforts shall be futile.
It is now a duty upon the public to speak out against the continued murder of IMN members by the Nigerian government or choose to live with the impending repercussion of such uncivilized behavior.
We wish to reiterate our stance never to engage in any form of lawlessness despite all efforts by the state to provoke us in order to find a reason to shed innocent human blood. It is rather unfortunate that the only trademark exhibited by the government of today is extra-judicial killings, mass murder and religious sectarianism, these are detrimental to progress and development of the country. As people wallow in hardship and poverty their leaders are busy wasting state resources fighting sectarian course.
PRESIDENT MEDIA FORUM OF IMN