The Arewa Coalition for Peace and Unity (ACPU) has faulted the stand of the Afenifere and Ohaneze Ndigbo on the activities of the now-outlawed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria [IMN] during a protest for the release of their Leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky in Kaduna on Friday. Photo Olu Ajayi.
ACPU said Afenifere and Ohaneze Ndigbo have been playing the ostrich game on the activities of the IMN members.

The group was reacting to the recent comments by the southern group that banning the activities of Shiites was unconstitutional.

Dr Usman Ikani, President of ACPU at a press conference in Kaduna on Tuesday, said the action of Afenifere and Ohaneze Ndigbo showed that they were mocking the north over the losses and economic degradation by Boko Haram terrorism.

According to him, “We in the north have never supported kidnappings in the south but out of hate these ethnic bigots are mocking the north knowing well that IMN is a terror group that has inflicted so many pains on the people .”

The group, therefore, urged the world to know that the court order proscribing IMN as a terrorist organisation and subsequent gazetting was being systematically circumvented by Ohaneze and Afenifere with all the security risks posed to the country.

His speech below:

Right thinking persons would have expected that any organization that engaged in such despicable act would hide their faces in shame, but perhaps driven by lack of awareness about the gravity of what they have done, went ahead to publicise video and multimedia of their indiscretion. The video they shared had them chanting about how they will shed their blood and lay down their lives for IMN leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

Such choice of words removed all doubts that rather than acting in solidarity or sympathy, the Afenifere and Ohaneze members that joined the so-called protest are closet terrorists who could no longer resist the urge to join IMN’s bloodletting spree that made the Federal Government of Nigeria declare it a terrorist organization.

When a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the proscription of IMN, it made it clear that its members are not to hide under any other name or another identity to carry out the activities that have been proscribed by the court. The lie that it was Ohanaeze and Afenifere that were protesting have been exposed because known IMN members were among the protesters whole the inciting and hate speeches read during the protest came right out of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, manuals.

These actions are highly provocative. They are insensitive. The action of the Afenifere and Ohaneze is a direct mockery of the north’s experience in the hands of Boko Haram. They have concluded that IMN is a northern plague that can only affect the north so they believe in helping a terrorist organization to gain ground for reasons we are yet to fathom.

Additionally, recent statements and utterances by these groups from the south to embolden the IMN have so far confirmed the identity of the killers across the country. They had been hiding in the shadows while Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, did the killing but we know the identity of the organizations involved. It is a matter of time before the identities of specific individuals are known.

If IMN were operating in the southwest and southeast both organizations would have had a different thought and call on the world to deal with it as a terrorist group. To, therefore, give the group backing at a time Nigeria is healing from Boko Haram Terrorism is insulting to the extent that it appears as if they are wishing death to the people of the north. So these organizations hate us this much in the north?

We do not pray for any region to witness what the north has gone through in the hands of Boko Haram and we will not pray for the south to witness the uprising of any terrorist group in the future, including the terrorist IMN. Why then are Ohaneze and Afenifere wishing IMN’s terrorism on us?

For those that have converted themselves into children of anger and have allowed the hatred of President Muhammadu Buhari to corrode their conscience and blind them to reason, we beg them that their hatred for the Buhari presidency should not drive them to the extent where they promote acts of terrorism in the country by blindly support the evil that El- Zakzakky group has unleashed on the north for many years now.

We also want to ask compatriots that have allowed themselves to be misled if it is acceptable in Igboland or Yorubaland to kill people, kill police, kill journalists and innocent bystanders. Has the human blood been shed by IMN in the north become a glorious venture that the Igbos or Yorubas would want to invest in?

We see this desecration of humanity for what it is. It is not the conspiracy of the Igbo or Yoruba as a people but rather the manifestation of a few irrelevant opportunists that want to profit from terrorists without looking at the larger ramifications for their ethnic groups, the victims of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, terrorism, the country and the world at large.

Arewa Action for Peace hereby demands that all these contractors that are rubbishing their ethnic identities should stop their destructive activities forthwith or our youths will be compelled to take legitimate actions in pursuit of saving our beloved north from the ascendancy of another terrorist group. These characters are welcome to offer refuge to IMN terrorists provided they will not come crying to the north when their guests start showing their true colour as murderous arsonists.



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