Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani calls Buhari to protest killing of Shiites
Buhari and Rouhani

The recent clash and killing of several Shiite Muslims by the Nigerian Army in Kaduna has received a lot of condemnation in Nigeria and around the world especially Shiite dominated countries like Iran and Pakistan. The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday called President Buhari protesting the killing of over 60 Shiite members. It is on record that Iran has the largest number of Shia Muslims (Twelver) in the world.

Hassan Rouhani said “minor disputes must not be allowed to turn into deep differences” among Muslims and also demanded for information on the fate of the leader of Nigeria’s “Shia Muslims”. He also called for a commission of inquiry into the weekend crackdown and action by Nigeria to “appease the victims and restore calm”. 

In a related development, the Speaker of Iran’s parliament (Majlis) Ali Larijani also yesterday said that the recent attack were a pre-planned plot in the best interests of the Israeli regime. In a letter to Nigeria’s Speaker of the House of Representatives Dogara Yakubu, Larijani added that the painful incident was aimed at causing discord among Muslim sects.

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