Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria otherwise known as the Shiites on Monday insisted that they neither had a link nor plan to enter into any form of coalition with the once dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.
The Boko Haram insurgents had over the years wrecked havoc in the North-Eastern states of Adamwawa, Borno and Yobe. The group had killed not less than 20,000 people and rendered over 2 million displaced.
A statement issued by the President of the Media Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim Musa said the they had received some intelligence reports that the Nigerian security agents were insinuating in some quarters that the Shiites are planning a coalition with the terrorist organization Boko Haram.
It added that the intelligence report further indicated that due to the said ‘strategic alliance with Boko Haram, attacks would be carried out on military formations and other government buildings.
It further noted that the group wouldn’t have bothered to reacted to the latest intelligence report if not for the frequency with which the report is being peddled across the intelligence community.
“However we distance the IMN from any attempt to associate it with violence and other militant activities. Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, our revered leader has said it many times without number that:
“Our weapon is positive reasoning, truth and good conduct. Guns are for the reckless and foolhardy ones. We have been conducting our affairs peacefully, calling people to the truth for the last 36 years. So you cannot come overnight and attribute violence to us that we now resort to killing people. This is impossible. We save lives not kill them.
“This is the teaching of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky for the past almost four decades, and we will not derail from that in the face of many provocations as wished by the Nigerian government and its security agents.
“We hereby state categorically that there are no connections or any links whatsoever between the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and Boko Haram.”