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Group Lauds Islamic Movement For Establishing Political Forum

A Coalition of civil society organizations, operating under the aegis of Secure Nation-Builders, yesterday, commended members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (better known as Shi’ites) for establishing a political forum.

The Coalition described the Forum as a positive step towards getting organised in order to change the fate of the country in 2023, given the fact that they (Shi’ites) have the numbers.

This was contained in a statement co-signed on behalf of the civil society groups by Ameh Christopher (National Coordinator), Halima Bukar, Mabel Abraham, Dr. Augustine Michael, Comrade E.K Gowin, and Prof. H.B Balarabe.

The Coalition, however, urged the Shi’ites under the supreme leaders of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky to withhold support for candidates with bad records in human right protection, economic development and security provision.

The statement reads in part, “At this point, we will like to acknowledge the recent development coming from the Islamic movement in Nigeria with Shia majority adherents for creating a Political Forum.

“With their solid structure, such a mass movement of millions of people have the capacity to change the equation of the Nigerian political activities as truthfulness, dedication, courage are among their characters.

“We believe that unity of the people is the foundation of every nation’s development as it fosters good governance, equality, selfless service and collaboration for the common good of all the people of Nigeria.

“There is the need for us to decide on a set of standard values that we will live by and nurture for many generations to come.

“Having weak governing institutions where people largely and inappropriately rely on sub-optimal indices such as ethnic affiliation, religious links and family ties in the creation, allocation and distribution of resources and values, a country is bound to face disastrous challenges.

“In conclusion, we are calling on the Political Forum of the Islamic movement not to support any particular person or party with a bad human right record, bad economic record and bad security record.”

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