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December 16, 2015 7:42 am

Iran Hinting at Intervention in Nigeria to ‘Protect Country’s Shiites’

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Nigerian Army troops. Photo: Wikipedia.

Nigerian Army troops. Photo: Wikipedia.

Iranian officials signaled intent on Tuesday to intervene in Nigeria on behalf of the country’s Shiite Muslim population, Iran’s pro-regime Tasnim News Agency reported.

The officials were responding to the reported death of 60 people in Nigeria over the weekend, after the Nigerian army raided Islamic Movement headquarters and arrested its leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky. The Nigerian Army said its raid was in retaliation for an Islamic Movement attack on the chief of staff’s convoy — an allegation the Islamic Movement denies.

The Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission released a statement condemning the raid as a “barbaric” attack on “the oppressed Shiites of Nigeria,” and warning that Iran would interpret it as an, “aid and companionship [sic] with [the] international terrorism,” carried out by ISIS and others.

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The statement said that Iran would pressure Nigeria through the UN and by other means, because, “The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that it is duty-bound to defend the oppressed people of Nigeria and the respectable Muslim scholars of that country, specially Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, and it will do its best to this end.”

Responding to demands for action by Iranian MPs,  Majlis [parliament] Speaker Ali Larijani said that Tehran was acting to help Nigerian Shiites harmed in Nigerian Army operations.

Larijani’s comments follow a statement made by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, according to which Tehran holds the Nigerian government “responsible for this incident.”

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  • Michael Ijere

    The Nigerian Government of Gen Buhari has behaved most irresponsibly by murdering hundreds of unarmed Shiites just because of a traffic altercation with an army officer. The world and international community should look closer into this new admin in Nigeria and the increasing human rights abuses. An Iranian intervention would be disastrous as the country already has so many internal conflicts.

  • Buchi Law’ Okeke

    If Iran, tries to enter our territory to defend the sect that will be a violation of international law, every nation is a sovereign to its own self. However, what sort of leadership brought us to this point in our lives.

  • Floyd

    Now, this is ridiculous! Have we fallen to the level that Iran would want to dictate to us on how to run our country…especially when it concerns security? I really don’t blame them. I blame our corrupt leaders that ve reduced us to nothing before the international community. However, Iran should know that Nigeria is a sovereign nation, so they should beware.

  • Omoibile

    Iran is trying to step on the scorpion’s tail, and they’ll be stung if they don’t mind their business..If they don’t like what the Nigerian Military is doing, they should rather move their believers down to Iran if they feel they are too big to obey Nigerian army order. this is a case of another country trying to cause disaffection and chaos in another man’s land..Be careful Iran !!!

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