IMN asks TEDx to ex­clude el-Rufa’i

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Chidimma C. Okeke

Mem­bers of the Is­lamic Move­ment in Nigeria (IMN) have asked or­gan­is­ers of the TEDx event sched­uled to hold this weekend in Abuja to ex­clude Kaduna State Gover­nor Nasiru elR­ufa’i from the event.

In a let­ter to the or­gan­is­ers, the IMN through the Free Zakzaky Cam­paign Com­mit­tee chair­man, Sheikh Ab­dul­ra­haman Yola, said al­low­ing the gover­nor to par­tic­i­pate in the event will send the ‘wrong sig­nals’ to TED fans in Nigeria and glob­ally.

The move­ment said, el-Ru­fai’s in­volve­ment “Def­i­nitely negates the spirit of TED’s mis­sion of ideas worth spread­ing.”

It posited that TED speak­ers are sup­posed to be thinkers, do­ers and idea-gen­er­a­tors and “el-Rufa’i, whose govern­ment con­fessed to bru­tal ex­tra­ju­di­cial killing of 347 IMN mem­bers and se­cretly bury­ing all in a mass grave, does not fit that frame.

“The name and brand of the TEDx pro­gram will be in­deli­bly soiled in blood,” the let­ter said.

IMN said the gover­nor’s con­tin­ued ‘per­se­cu­tion’ with­out re­morse de­spite na­tional and in­ter­na­tional out­cry will not ‘bridge the gap,’ which is what the TEDx Maitama 2017 chose as its theme.

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