– The federal government is reportedly preparing for war with Shiite Muslims in Yobe state
–Last Sunday a large group of military staff encircled the Islamic Centre of the Islamic Movement in Potiskum
– Soldiers have been reinforcing and patrolling the town for about ten days intimidating locals
– Meanwhile, the IMN representatives report on hate campaign unfolded against their members in the state.
Ibrahim Musa, the spokesman for the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), has released a press statement reporting on the Nigerian army preparing for the “imminent war” with the members of the organisation. It reads in part: “Today, on August 21, 2016, a contingent of military personnel in at least five trucks with armored vehicles encircled the Islamic Centre of the Islamic Movement in Potiskum, Yobe state. After a few hours of the siege, they left without any incident. However, concerned residents in the neighborhood are apprehensive of what might happened in the night.
Confirmed reports have it that for the past ten days soldiers have been reinforcing and patrolling the town chanting war songs. Fear of possible attack last Friday during and after Juma’at prayers made people to run in all directions for their lives. Earlier, warnings were made in various mosques by local and traditional leaders in Fika Emirate of an “imminent war” by army in Potiskum.
It seems certain therefore that the state government and the traditional authorities in Potiskum have joined forces with the federal government to spill blood of innocent civilians under the pretence of fighting “war” on what they mislabeled “religious extremism”. The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) will like to draw the attention of all peace loving citizens in particular and the world in general to yet another impending massacre by the Nigerian army in the same way it did in Zaria in December, 2015 killing over a thousand lives extrajudicially.
We believe that the government is employing state apparatus to spill the blood of innocent citizens of this country unjustifiably. Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and Yobe state in particular are no different from those found all over the federation and who are known to be peace loving citizens living an exemplary life. This step is clearly a contradiction of what the presidency recently claimed that it is a government that is mindful of human rights of its citizens. In the contrary, it has sent its military to kill innocent people without recourse to the rule of law. The federal government would be held responsible for the life of any citizen killed unjustly by any of its agency or agents.”