The Iranian Government is unhappy with President Muhammadu Buhari over a hard crackdown on the Shiite sect in Zaria, Kaduna State, leading to the deaths of scores of Ibrahim El Zak Zaky’s followors including his wife, son and deputy.
The Iranians called on the Federal Government to respect religious figures and sites.
“Nigeria… is now dealing with problems arising from extremism and Takfiri terrorism and we hope that in these conditions preservation of calm and national unity in battling terrorism is prioritized while rash and unconstructive measures are avoided,” IRNA quoted Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber-Ansari as saying on Sunday.
It will be recalled that President Buhari was in Iran recently to explore bilateral relations with the Islamic republic that is predominately Shiite.
Nigeria’s military and the sect clashed on Saturday over road blockade by the religious group which led to the army alleging an assassination attempt on the life of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai.
On Sunday, the military invaded the headquarters of the sect in Zaria and left many dead with El-Zakzaky arrested by the troops.