The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, has condemned French President Emmanuel Macron for the alleged reproduction of what he described as offensive caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad by Charlie Hebdo, a French weekly satirical magazine.
IMN said Charlie Hebdo’s decision to reproduce the offensive cartoons once again drew a strong backlash from Muslims around the world.
“Blasphemous cartoons hurt the feelings of millions of Muslims around the world,” IMN, also known as Shiites, said in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, and made available to the DAILY POST. Tuesday.
IMN condemned the publication as a criminal act, adding that it reinforces hate speech and will stir up the feelings of faithful Muslims.
“The efforts of the French authorities, in particular President Macron, to explain this in the context of freedom of expression, are unacceptable,” the Shiites said.
The Nigerian Islamic group said the reissue of the design was a deliberate intimidation of Muslims and uncivilized action that could create divisions between religious communities.
The group wondered why French law does not prohibit such attacks on religions.
President Macron described the publication as freedom of expression and the IMN noted that âfreedom of expression does not give you the right to harm the feelings of others.
âIf the French in general and Charlie Hebdo in particular proclaim their absolute right to freedom of expression, this is simply not true.
âAlso hours after the French leader defended Charlie Hebdo’s right to publish offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, he launched an angry tirade against a journalist who published an unflattering story.
âThe collapse caused by the report contrasted sharply with the comments made by the French president a few hours earlier. Therefore, freedom of speech is not a license to denigrate Islam.
âSo the question arises, why do Western publications and politicians so easily indulge in Islamophobic rhetoric and insult revered figures in Islam?
âIt’s all about power. The West feels in power and regards Muslims as weak and, therefore, can insult and humiliate them.
IMN said the solution to this problem is for Muslims to unite to confront those it describes as their enemies.