For their peaceful conduct and ensuring that their members voted for their candidate of choice during the 2019 general election, Adage Communication, publishers of the SuncityNews has awarded the Islamic Movement of Nigeria the most courageous religious organization 2019.
Speaking during the award presentation in Abuja, the Publisher, Mr Chibuisi Mba, asked the group to continue to be courageous and peaceful in pursuing their agitation and to remain committed to the unity and progress of Nigeria.
“We are all entitled to our believe, there is freedom of association in Nigeria, nobody should intimidate you from practicing your religion as far as you do not infringe on other people’s right. So remain focus and resolute in pursuing your dream”. He said.
We cannot ignore your role in ensuring that your members participated in the last general election, we noticed that you even suspended your protest activities during that period, just to give chance for peace and for all Nigerians to exercise their franchise during the electioneering period and the day of voting proper, that is the spirit we all desire to move this country forward.
“During the online survey for the award, over 87,000 Nigerians voted for your group ahead of other groups nominated for the award. And against all odd we are here today presenting this prestigious award to your organization and we are happy you finally accepted to receive the award on behalf of your leader, Shielk El-Zakzaky, who is still under the custody of the DSS for over five years now. He concluded”.
In his response, Alhaji Ibrahim Gamawa, who received the award on behalf of the islamic leader, Sheilk El-zazaky, said that the organsation is highly elated for the honour done to them.
“We are happy for this uncommon gesture by the Suncitynews, its uncommon because many others would have want to do same but due to fear of being clammed down upon by the ruling class, we are all living in fear. But for your courage and openness, we are glad to associate with your organization, and we accept and receive this award with joy and a sense of humility, because it shows that whatever you’re doing people are watching your back.”
Honestly, our country is under threat by the same people who governs it, its disheartening to say the least that at this 21st century we are being led by people who do not understand what leadership is all about. We have a government who will not obey court orders, but will infrige on the right of citizens to freedom of association, freedom of worship and others with impunity and promotes hate among various groups in the land.
The hallow chambers has desecrated by state apparatus who supposed to led the way, this is where we found ourselves and there is nothing we can do about it. But for us we will continue to pursue our right until our leader is released.
Among dignitaries on the entourage of the representative of the popular Islamic clergy were: Abdullahi Tumburkai, Adam Hassan, Yahaya Muhammad and Abdullahi Muhammad Musa