30th January, 2015
The Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria has protested the campaign of calumny and blackmail by Nigeria television stations, AIT and NTA, describing it as malicious and unprofessional.
In a statement issued by the movement and signed by S.I. Ahmad the group noted that: “Our attention has been drawn to the malicious and unprofessional reportage by the Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Nigeria Television Authority on its network news, in which it tried to link the recent peaceful rally by the Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria demanding justice over the Zaria Quds Day gruesome killings, to the MOSSAD/CIA covert terror cells- Boko Haram and ISIS.
“We view the unfortunate report by the AIT and NTA as a clear violation of journalism profession done with insidious intent. This is because, the rally which took place at the premises of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was widely reported as a civilized demand for justice and highly commended as the most civilized in the Federal Capital in recent time.”
The body said that: “Rather than portray such a positive good conduct, the AIT and NTA decided to equate it with the uncivilized terrorist acts of some cannibals that is nowhere close to the cardinal objective of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. We are forced to believe that such action was a continuation of the brutal killing of 34 members of the Islamic Movement, including three biological children of Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) by the Nigerian soldiers, as well as the subsequent attempt to portray the Islamic Movement as a terrorist organization by the Nigerian military.
“If not, how can a victim turn villain? Are AIT and NTA against civilized and matured demand for justice? It worthy of note that, the victims of the extra-judicial killings in Zaria on July 25, 2014 were not all Muslims. Among them was a 68-year-old Christian gentleman, Chief Julius Anyanwu, women and a 4 years old child. Just as we press for justice over the killing of these innocent souls, we cannot let this uncultured reportage by AIT and NTA go without redress.
The body then called for an unreserved apology from the news outfits. “We therefore condemn the report and demand unreserved apology and withdrawal by AIT and NTA over the disgrace caused, or we shall take every civilized action to seek redress against the campaign of calumny and blackmail.
“The long time initiated tragic killing of innocent souls in Maiduguri, Yobe and several other states in northern part of the country and Chibok abduction seem to have opened the door for international scramble for Nigeria and its resources in the name of fighting insurgency. Their imperial media mechanism showed the girls covered in veils indicating that the Christians among them were forcefully Islamized. This look well scripted and everything is going according to how they planned it.”
“How could 276 young girls have been abducted at once and be transported over 100 kilometers in a state where emergency rule is supposedly in-force at that time? The claim by the Amnesty International about the authorities having advanced warning and failing to foil the attack requires more than mere denials, it calls for a full scale investigation. Frankly speaking, the government is not sincere in its campaign of confronting the problem on the issue of insecurity; no sensible person will ever trust Nigerian government because they did not do anything to deserve the trust.
“Government complicity in the insecurity problem is now an open secret; many people have seen helicopters supplying some gun-men food and ammunition in the wild. Where did the so-called “Boko-Haram” get the wherewithal obtain and use helicopters. Moreover, there are widely circulated videos of this so- called “Boko- Haram” leaders posing beside armoured vehicles and proudly taking responsibilities for the atrocities in different areas in the country. Where do the helicopters and armoured vehicles came from? What of the audio clip now in circulation which depicts a soldier claiming to have seen his military instructors among insurgents? This leaves us with no option but to hypothesize that the insecurity is a false- flag aimed at preparing ground for foreign occupation.
“The most unfortunate and disheartening of all is that AIT and NTA, rather than focusing on the state-sponsored terrorism as mirror of the society, they also busied themselves with the conspiracy of linking terrorism and terrorist acts to Islam. It is not a new thing seeing some people in military uniform in video clips taking responsibilities for murders, pillage, arson, kidnap and rape, and yet shamelessly lie that their actions are Islamic. Undoubtedly, their shameless acts are sponsored to link Islam with terrorism.
“Meanwhile government inability to face these atrocities, squarely, despite controlling a large army and others security units is enough to establish complicity. Ever since the emergence of this administration, it has never hidden its romance with the illegitimate state of Israel. As the Zionists slaughter innocent civilians in Gaza, Nigerian security forces re-structured by the Zionists under the present government are doing similar crime to millions of our citizens under the pretext of “ Boko-Haram”.
“Silence on these official terrorism by the media, AIT and NTA in particular, is throwing ethics to the pigs and becoming official organ of the state in the current terrorism run and sponsored by the Nigerian government,” the statement said.