Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has claimed that the Islamic
Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as the Shiites does not recogise
Muhammadu Buhari as the President of the country.
El Rufai also said the group doesn’t accord him the respect as the sitting
Governor of the state.
Speaking with newsmen on Sunday, the governor said that the group was
outlawed by the state government because its leader, Sheihk Ibrahim El
Zakzaky and members had refused to respect constituted authorities and
that their activities amount to running a parallel government against
According to him, the state received the report of the Judicial
Commission of Inquiry that looked into the clashes between the IMN and
army which concluded that the IMN poses a threat to the peace, security
and good governance of Kaduna State.
He said, “The IMN does not recognise the constitution of Nigeria,
they do not recognise Buhari as president of Nigeria, they do not
recognise me as the Governor of Kaduna state. Because they have their
governor, yes, they had, I think he was killed during the clash.”
He said the IMN apart from being an illegal religious organisation,
was in the habit of harassing and intimidating members of the public
with impunity for several years.