âIMN is not a name, it’s an ideology like Islamic consciousness, Islamic ideology, Islamic education or Islamic philosophy. It’s kind of a concept. We never used it. as a name, and the movement can never be banned or outlawed, “Sheikh Zakzaky said in reaction to government action in banning IMN, Iran Press Reported.
Sheikh Zakzaky said banning IMN is like saying that one is not allowed to practice one’s religion, contrary to the Nigerian constitution.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the cleric said: âMy wife and I still have bullets in our bodies.
He added that his wife has a full bullet lodged in her body which doctors were unable to remove.
“But, experts from outside the country promise they can do something.”
In December 2015, the Nigerian army attacked the Huseiniyya Baqiyhatullah religious center and Sheikh Zakzaky’s house in the town of Zaria, in Nigeria’s Kaduna state, killing hundreds of unarmed civilians, including women and children. .
He shot dead the IMN chief and his wife, a massacre that has been condemned by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other international activists.
During an aborted trip for medical treatment to India in August 2019, the Nigerian authority seized their international passports. He refused to return them even though the Kaduna State High Court ordered their release on July 28, 2021.