The Federal Government has alleged that the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), and Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, their leader, plan to turn Nigeria into an Islamic State by coercion.
On Wednesday (August 28), the Federal Government in a 56 counter-affidavit filed before the Federal High Court to prosecute the IMN said that El-Zakzaky was being funded by foreigners to reproduce the 1999 violent revolution that occurred in Iran, which led to a forceful takeover of governance from Shah Pahlavi.
According to the affidavit, the IMN leader’s relationship with Iran began immediately after the revolution that overthrew the sitting government in Iran and the relationship had gotten to a stage where the members of the IMN only recognize Ayatollah Khomeini, the supreme leader of Iran, and El-Zakzaky as their leaders. They do not recognise any government in the country including President Muhammadu Buhari’s authority.
“Members of IMN first pledge allegiance to Khomeini at their gatherings, and then to their local leader, Sheikh Zakzaky.”
The 56-paragraphed counter-affidavit also stated that El-Zakzaky, during his days in the university was “heavily influenced” by the Iranian revolution, and subsequently fuels his brainwashed followers to unleash terror against Nigeria.
“That Sheikh El-Zakzaky was heavily influenced by the Iranian revolution, which saw Ayatollah Khomeini took power in 1979 after the overthrow of the Shah in a popular uprising. Khomeini remains the Islamic Movement in Nigeria’s main inspiration”. It stated.
The 56-paragraphed counter-affidavit was presented by Enyinnaya Adiogu, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Operation, FCT Command.
Also, the Federal Government prayed the court to reject the suit filed by the IMN requesting to dismiss the order that proscribed its activities in Nigeria.
The Federal Government further averred: “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.”