IMN leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky Photo: Ventures Africa

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari administration of a planning to eliminate its leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-zakzaky.

The group made this known in a statement on Tuesday by a renowned Islamic Scholar and member of the IMN, Sheikh Abdulhamid Bello.

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The group said the continuous detention of its leader is unacceptable, stressing that the federal government will be held responsible “for anything untoward should happen to our revered leader.”

Bello said: “It is foolhardy for anybody to think that people of conscience all over the world will be convinced of the appropriateness of the step taken by Kaduna state government to prosecute Sheikh Zakzaky. The fact that it came after two and half years is enough an indication that it is an afterthought.

“What happened at Sheikh Zakzakys residence is crystal clear. Guns and bullets were all that he heard and saw approaching his house in December, 2015. For the government to now come out and accuse him of murder is out-rightly ridiculous and mischievous.

“We are not oblivious of what the Saudi Crown prince divulge of recent in an interview with Times magazine, where he claimed that Zaria massacre by the Nigerian Army was part of a grand design by his regime to curb the influence of Iran in Africa; even though the Saudi Authorities we know acted on the behest of its foreign sponsors namely USA, Britain and Israel.

“We will continue with our protests demanding Sheikh Zakzakys freedom on the streets of major cities of Nigeria, Abuja in particular, till when the federal government decided to obey the federal high courts order releasing our leader and his wife.

“We will not be deceived into believing that the federal government has no hand in this latest ploy to kill Sheikh Zakzaky, President Buhari will and must surely be blamed for anything that happen to Sheikh Zakzaky. It is crystal clear to all and sundry that the federal government has no intention of solving the crisis it created when it murdered 1000+ people in Zaria peacefully.

“We totally reject this move to carry our sick leader by force to a court in Kaduna for sundry charges that some people are standing trial for. For now we pray to Allah strengthen our leader and keep him safe, while we face the might of the Nigerian state on the streets.”