Femi Falana condemns Federal Government on proscription of the Shiite group

Shiite Nigeria

Lawyer to the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Femi Falana, has condemned the action of the Federal Government to proscribe the Shiite group.

In a statement over the weekend, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria and human rights activist described the proscription as ‘immoral and illegal’.

He believes that the order is particularly opportunistic on the part of the Sunnis occupying public offices to use the instrumentality of the state to liquidate the Shiites.

Falana noted that the IMN was proscribed by the Kaduna State government in 2016, just like the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was proscribed in 2017.

He added that the groups have continued to operate in defiance of the proscription orders.

The Senior lawyer advised illegal proscription of the IMN should be withdrawn. It will not stand as the fundamental right of the Shiites to freedom of religion is constitutionally guaranteed.