Chris Steven, Abuja
In a bid to stem the growing spate of the religious extremism being propagated by the Islamic Movement of Nigerian (IMN), a group of Nigerians in the United States has lunched a movement under the aegis of More Voices Against Terrorism (MVAT).
The movement which was inaugurated by the convener, Cosmas Collins maintained that the activities of the IMN has given Nigeria and Nigerians living abroad a negative image, noting that there was urgent need to draw the attention of the international community to their heinous crimes against the Nigerian state.
In an electronic statement sent to our reporter, the Convener of the MVAT, Cosmas Collins said the non prosecution of the leader of the IMN, Ibrahim El Zakzakky remains a major flaw for the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari which is respected globally in its war against terrorism.
According to him, the campaign against El- Zakzakky and his Iranian counterparts is a patriotic advocy to defend the sovereignty of Nigeria from re-colonization by imperialists and called for support of all Nigerians.
In a short video also posted by Collins on the Internet, members of the newly lunched group were seen sharing pamphlets on the streets of the US condemning the IMN extremism and other forms of terrorism in Nigeria
He said Islam is a good religion but El- Zakzakky and his Iranian sponsored IMN are portraying the religion in bad light just to satisfy his foreign masters.
He commended the federal government and the military in its quest to rid the country of the Boko Haram insurgents, saying all efforts by the federal government and the Nigerian military to rescue the Chibok girls are well appreciated by the Nigerian community in the diasporas.
Collins assured that Nigerians the world over are united in the quest to rid the country of relgious extremism, adding that the movement is committed to ensuring that their advocacy in the USA gets to the President and every Nigerian living at home and abroad.