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IMN COMMENDS NBA FOR WITHDRAWING ELRUFAI’S INVITATION

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The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has issued a statement on Thursday commending the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) for withdrawing Governor Nasiru Elrufai of Kaduna State invitation to address its National Conference coming up later in the month.

The president of the group, Ibrahim Musa signed the statement on Thursday night ,and the statement reads in part:

“The Islamic Movement noted that Governor El-Rufai is the most unsuitable person to talk to a body of learned men considering his legendary disrespect for the rule of law, blatant abuses of fundamental rights and intolerance to opposing views.

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“He, in collaboration with officers of the Nigerian army, attacked members of the Islamic Movement in December 2015.

Despite the open confession by the Secretary to the Kaduna State Government, Alhaji Lawal Balarabe Abbas before a Judicial Commission of Inquiry, Governor el-Rufai has refused to prosecute the criminal elements who perpetrated these crimes, but rather paradoxically filed charges of conspiracy and culpable homicide against over 250 members of the IMN at Kaduna state high courts.”

“Although the Kaduna high courts have since discharged and acquitted all of them, Governor el-Rufai has continued to seek further ways to subjugate and persecute members and leadership of the Movement in contravention of his oath of office to “do right to all manners of people according to law, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will…”

“Certainly, such a person must not be promoted or allowed to address an Association of learned men, whose motto is “Promoting the Rule of Law.”

“We therefore salute your unique courage to stand firmly on the path of what you profess to promote and stamp out impunity and gross abuse of human rights in our beloved country, which loudly proclaims to operate under the rule of law.”

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