The academic forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has denied entering into any alliance with the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) for the forthcoming election scheduled for Feb. 16.
The forum was reacting to a report published in Blueprint Newspaper of February, 1 2019 which stated that IMN has agreed to give the APGA candidate a block votes totaling to 5-million on February 16.
In a rejoinder titled: ‘Re -5 million Shia worshipers endorse APGA’s presidential candidate’ and signed by S. I. Ahmad on behalf of the forum, it said, “The movement is not in alliance with any political party. It is not a partisan movement; it is an Islamic movement.”
It further described the move as “false, fraudulent and deceitful.”
“We therefore call on all Nigerians to disregard this claim that 5-Million Shia Muslims will vote for APGA in the 2019 presidential election. We are calling on all Nigerians to respect one another, promote peace and stand against oppressors and oppression.
“Yes we are either brothers in faith or brothers in humanity. There are a lot of things that divide us due to the cosmopolitan nature of our country, but one thing that unites us is humanity. We must unite to see the end of oppression and tyranny in this country. We want our country to stay great and become even better.
“We believe that the unity of people for a better life, peace respect of human dignity is an integral part of any developed society. Working together towards a common goal that will benefit the entire people of Nigeria is also our outmost priority.
“At this critical time of uncertainty we must adhere to the habit of avoiding the spread of fake news and ungodly characters,” it added.
Speaking further, the forum commends the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for condemning the massacre of Shia Muslims and the tyrannical detention of Sheikh Zakzaky by the APC government of General Buhari
“We also call on other politicians to follow suit in condemning such heinous crime against humanity,” it added.
The forum also calls on the APC government of General Buhari to respect the laws that constituted them as authorities and free Sheikh Zakzaky and other Nigerians detained illegally.