A Shiite group called the Rasulul A’azam Foundation (RAAF) has demanded protection for members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).
Concise News reports that the demand was made following the planned proscription and declaration of the IMN as a terrorist group.
On Friday, the Federal Government got a court order to proscribe the Shiite organisation after alleged acts of terrorism and illegality.
However, speaking in Gombe on Sunday, the Secretary General of the foundation Saleh Sani-Zaria called on the government to shield members of the group.
“I am calling on the government to protect the law-abiding members of RAAF against any backlash, following the proscription of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria,” he said.
“We are Shiite but not members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), and we have said it several times.
“We are law-abiding citizens. My organisation has many branches within the headquarter in Kano, preaching and propagating the Shiite ideals.”
He added that “Whenever we have events, we write to the appropriate authorities, who provide us with security.”
According to him, “Our organisation is purely religious, not political, and the ban order is targeted at IMN, not us.”