‘An Insult To Nigeria’ – Campaign For Democracy Slams Iran For Calling...

‘An Insult To Nigeria’ – Campaign For Democracy Slams Iran For Calling For Zakzaky’s Release

By News Agency of Nigeria on July 31, 2019
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Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, Ibrahim Musa, Shiites
Members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, a Shia group, demand the release of the group’s leader, Sheik Ibrahim Zakzaky, who was arrested on December 14, 2015. | AP/Muhammed Giginyu

The Campaign for Democracy, CD, a pro-democracy group, has condemned the Islamic Republic of Iran for calling on the Federal Government to release Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky for medical treatment abroad.

Abdullahi Jabi, the secretary-general of the group, said this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Minna on Sunday, July 28, 2019.

Jabi descried the call by Iran as illegal and an insult to all Nigerians.

“Nigeria is not a banana republic. We are a sovereign nation governed by law. Therefore, the call by Iran is provocative and may cause diplomatic row with Nigeria if not handled well,” he said. He, however, said the call was not a surprise as Iran serves as the world headquarters of the Shi’ites Islamic Group, which El-Zakzaky’s group, to which the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, is affiliated.

The Secretary-General also condemned members of IMN over their series of violent protests in Abuja to demand the release of their detained leader, saying that many innocent Nigerians have lost their lives and property in the process.

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