Inspector General of Police, IGP Adamu Mohammed has stated that Nigerians are free to be Shi’ites but must not identify with the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN.
The IGP stated this while on a federal government trip to the UK in regards the $9.6bn case with Process and Industrial Development (P&ID).
According to Adamu, Shi’ites are not targeted, just members of the IMN who do not recognize constituted authority.
He said: “No, it’s not every Shiite that is targeted. There is an organisation called the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. That’s the organisation that has been proscribed.
“So, if you’re a member, you’re a terrorist; you denounce being a member of the organisation, behave well and recognise the government, because they don’t recognise our constitution, they don’t recognise constituted authority.
“In as much as you don’t recognise our government and you don’t recognise our constitution and you are a member of that movement, you’re a terrorist. And if you come out to protest or to disrupt the peace of everybody, we treat you as a terrorist”.
On the fate of Nigerians who identify as Shiites and not IMN members, Adamu said:
“If they come out as Shiites, they’re free, but not as IMN members. You know in the country, we have Shiites who are not members of the IMN. If you remember, during the Ashura period, we made a pronouncement that Shiites were allowed to come out to participate and mark the event, but not as members of the IMN, and that’s very clear enough.”