‘Iran is sponsoring El-Zakzaky to Islamize Nigeria with violent revolution’ – FG
The Federal Government of Nigeria has accused the Republic of Iran of sponsoring the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, to replicate the 1979 violent revolution that led to the forceful takeover of power in the country and turn Nigeria into an Islamic country.
In a fresh process it filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, August 28, the FG insisted that members of the IMN do not recognise President Muhammadu Buhari’s authority as they want to create a separate republic under the sponsorship of Iran.
The FG argued that the plan of the IMN leader and his sponsor was to forcefully turn the country into an Islamic State as well as forcefully overthrow the government of Buhari.
The FG therefore urged the court to dismiss the suit the IMN filed to challenge the order that proscribed its activities in Nigeria.
In a 56-paragraph counter-affidavit that was deposed to by Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Operation, FCT Command, Enyinnaya Adiogu, the court was told that the relationship between El-Zakzaky and Iran started shortly after the said revolution that toppled a sitting government.
It said that El-Zakzaky who was a Shia activist in the university, was ‘heavily influenced’ by the Iranian revolution and had since galvanized his followers and brainwashed them to unleash mayhem against the Nigerian state and its citizens.
In the deposition, DCP Adiogu said:
“That from history and facts available, the movement called Islamic Movement of Nigeria founded by El-Zakzaky has its sole aim of creating an Islamic State.
That Sheik El-Zakzaky was heavily influenced by the Iranian revolution which saw Ayatollah Khomeini take power in 1979 after the overthrow of the Shah in a popular uprising.
Khomeini remains the Islamic Movement in Nigeria’s main inspiration.
That members of IMN first pledge allegiance to Khomeini at their gatherings, and then to their local leader, Sheikh El-Zakzaky.
The IMN views itself as a government and Sheik Zakzaky as the only legitimate source of authority in Nigeria and it does not recognise the authority of the Nigerian government, and views its leaders both Muslims and Christians as corrupt and ungodly.
That the Islamic Movement in Nigeria began with a Shia Muslim university activist, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who became so impressed with the 1979 revolution in Iran that he wanted one at home (Nigeria). Later, El-Zakzaky went to Iran, ultimately becoming a Shia cleric.
That on his return home, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky formed the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and turned it into a vehicle for proselytizing and gaining followers in 1990s.
That till date, Sheikh El-Zakzaky enjoys the support of Iran in all the activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, including the agenda to make Nigeria an Islamic State.
That as a result of El-Zakzaky Movement’s activities, many Muslim youths have converted to Shia-Islam of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
That the main aim of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is to propagate the ideology in Iran and turn the country (Nigeria) into an Islamic State as was done in the Iranian Revolution of 1979.”