Eschew abuse of office, IMN urges public officials

THE Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) under the leadership of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has urged people in positions of authority to keep the trust entrusted to them and eschew abuse of power and disregard for due process in carrying out their assignments.

The movement also congratulated Nigerians, especially the Muslim Ummah on the successful completion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebrations.

A statement signed by Ibrahim Musa, President, Media Forum of the movement, called on Muslims to imbibe the lessons of Ramadan namely love for fellow humans, perseverance, spiritual worships and piety, hoping that these virtues would subsist beyond Ramadan.

“We should also uphold the virtues of good neighbourliness and eschew intolerance of other peoples’ opinions, in our day-to-day dealings with fellow countrymen.

“However, to those in positions of authority, they should keep the trust entrusted on them and avoid abuse of power and disregard for due process,” the statement stated.

The movement also emphasised that “Islam means total and unconditional submission to the will of Allah, of which peaceful coexistence with our neighbours is among.”

The movement also commended “the press, international human rights activists and organisations that have stood by us in our quest for justice to the over 1,000 victims of Nigerian Army’s attack on members of the Islamic Movement in Zaria, in December last year. We are really grateful to you, and hope you will still be with us as the struggles continue.”

It also reaffirmed its resolve to use all available legitimate and peaceful means of expressing grievances.

The movement also noted that “we call on all Nigerians irrespective of religious divide that we should remain steadfast and prayerful that may Allah intervene so that justice will not only be done, but seen to be done in the case of the genocide perpetrated by the Nigerian Army against armless civilians in Zaria.”