El-Zakzaky working with Iran to revolutionize, Islamize Nigeria, FG reveals

By Shola Abayomi.

The Federal Government has made damning revelations about the alleged intentions of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

In a counter-affidavit filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Operation, FCT Command, Enyinnaya Adiogu, the Federal Government accused the IMN led by El-Zakzaky as pursuing the sole aim of Islamizing Nigeria.

It also noted that the proscribed sect does not recognize the Nigerian government but regards El-Zakzaky as the only legitimate source of authority in the country.

The affidavit read: “That from history and facts available, the Movement Called Islamic Movement of Nigeria founded by El-Zakzaky has its sole aim of creating an Islamic State.

“That Sheik El-Zakzaky was heavily influenced by the Iranian revolution, which saw Ayatollah Khomeini take power in 1979 after the overthrow of the Shah in a popular uprising.

“Khomeini remains the Islamic Movement in Nigeria’s main inspiration.

“That members of IMN First pledge allegiance to Khomeini at their gatherings, and then to their local leader, Sheikh Zakzaky.

“The IMN views itself as a government, and Sheikh Zakzaky as the only legitimate source of authority in Nigeria and it does not recognise the authority of the Nigerian government, and views its leaders both Muslims and Christians as corrupt and ungodly.

“That the Islamic Movement in Nigeria began with a Shia Muslim university activist, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, who became so impressed with the 1979 revolution in Iran that he wanted one at home (Nigeria).

“Later, El-Zakzaky went to Iran, ultimately becoming a Shia cleric.

“That at his return home, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky formed the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and turned it into a vehicle for proselytizing and gaining followers in 1990s.

“That till date, Sheikh El-Zakzaky enjoys the support of Iran in all the activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, including the agenda to make Nigeria an Islamic State.

“That as a result of El-zakzaky Movement’s activities, many Muslim youths have converted to Shia-Islam of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

“That the main aim of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is to propagate the ideology in Iran and turn the Country (Nigeria) into an Islamic State as was done in the Iranian Revolution of 1979.”

The Federal Government prayed the court to strike out the suit filed by the IMN challenging its proscription.

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