– A group in the US have urged the US government to help destroy the IMN
– The group also expressed hope that Trump would help end terrorism in Africa
– The group named ‘More Voices Against Terrorism’ is based in the US
Clashes between Shiites and security forces have been on the increase
Some Nigerians in the diaspora are of the opinion that the US President-elect, Mr Donald Trump will be the solution to terrorism in Nigeria and Africa by extension.
The same group of Nigerians in the diaspora have expressed anger against the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), saying that it is a group that must be curtailed by the incoming American government.
The group of Nigerians known as ‘More Voices Against Terrorism’ also condemned a statement issued by the US State department.
The US department had criticized the Nigerian police for the way they handled the Shiites, and the group condemned this due to the sectarian clashes with security agencies and recently the killing of officers going about their businesses.
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Angela Bala the More Voices Against Terrorism’s head of administration said that the group is “hopeful that the incoming administration of President-elect, Mr Donald Trump, which shown remarkable understanding of radical Islam would put the IMN on the terror list and compel Iran to stop exporting its evil to the African continent.”
The statement also said: “Even as we await such positive development, we urge the State Department to withdraw its offensive statements in favour of IMN and to desist from further issuing such.”
Expressing their displeasure with the IMN, the group said the US State department should not support the outlawed IMN, which they said is affiliate of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The statement released by the group also says: “Much as the statement postured to have addressed both sides to the Kano clash that left several Nigerians dead, we find it absurd that the US State Department spoke of the IMN without acknowledging its ties with terrorism or its relationship with Iran that is known to be a state sponsor of terrorism.
“As a body in the US, More Voices Against Terrorism is very aware that the entire members and leadership of the IMN would have been hauled before a law court if they try a tenth of what they do in Nigeria on a daily basis yet the United States has decided to imbue them with more confidence to delude them that the world is in support of the crimes they are committing.
“This can only end badly for the entire human race same way a delay in designating Boko Haram as a terror group is haunting the world today.
“It is worrisome that the same country that readily incinerates school children and wedding parties with drone fired Hellfire Missiles whenever its marines as much as come under fire in other sovereign nations is now the one questioning the right of Nigeria’s security forces to deal with known terrorists.
“It should be placed on record that any administration that gives credence to terrorism above the rights of overwhelming segment of humanity, comprising of women and children who are the worst hit by terrorism all over the world, is to return the human race to the nasty state of nature where life is crude, nasty and brutish.
“That the US designates Iran as state sponsor of terrorism and turns around to support Iranian puppets in Nigeria betrays a deficit in thinking that can only lead to the worrisome conclusion that the long term plan is to replicate the kind of confusing proxies’ wars ongoing in Syria over there in Nigeria.
“We warn that the outcome of such attempts would be calamitous as the IMN terrorists would eventually ply their wares on US soil and in other condoning countries within the shortest time possible.
“We urge a stop to the duplicity of the State Department. Its double standard is confirmed by the highly repulsive and condemnable act in which its statements are issued and distributed through the IMN spokesman in Nigeria. This is simply unfair, unjust and a very biased position against Nigerians that have been hit hard by IMN activities.”
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The above response arose due to the fact that the US government said in a statement from its embassy in Abuja that while the matter was still being investigated, it was “troubled by the apparent disproportionate response by the police” during the Shiite clash.
“This is the latest in a series of violent incidents between security forces and members of the Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), some of which have resulted in deaths, destruction of property, and the arbitrary detention of IMN members.
“The United States calls for calm and restraint on all sides, a reduction of tensions, and greater communication between Shia citizens and government authorities,” the statement said.
Below is a video of the Shiites killing: