Muslims in Nigeria commemorate martyrdom of Iranian General Soleimani
From Africa to Latin America, people, public figures and organizations have commemorated Iran's anti-terror commander Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani on the first anniversary of his assassination in a US drone strike in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), led by the illegally imprisoned senior cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, released a statement Sunday, remembering the late Iranian commander and his fellow Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who also lost his life in the attack, as the greatest heroes in the fight against Daesh terrorism.
The statement pointed out that one year after the assassination, ordered by hawkish US President Donald Trump, fears of reprisal by Iran had "placed US missions in the [African] country on high alert.”
The statement, released by IMN spokesman Ibrahim Musa, also noted that Soleimani's commemoration at the Aleppo Evangelical Church in Syria was also a tribute to his efforts to consolidate unity and solidarity among religions.
Referring to the changing political climate in the Middle East, the IMN underlined, "The tyrannical powers have desperately struggled to maintain their hegemony and have resorted to disappointing measures such as the assassination of Haj Qassem Soleimani or Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist."
"The US presence in the Middle East will not last long," it read.
Meanwhile, Iran’s Ambassador to Nigeria, in an interview with local daily Ajokishin Monitor, stated that General Soleimani had carried a message of peace for the region.
Responding to a question about the objectives of Soleimani's presence in Iraq, the ambassador explained that the commander had traveled to Baghdad on a formal invitation of Iraqi officials, and was "carrying a political message for the establishment of peace in the region which intended to covey through Iraq to Saudi officials as well.”
He further recalled Soleimani as a military commander who was active in diplomacy, and actively contributed to efforts to maintain peace and reduce tensions.
The Iranian envoy also described the terrorist US act as an unlawful move, which violated Iraq’s national sovereignty and was in contradiction with international laws and norms.
On January 3 last year, General Soleimani, Commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and deputy head of Iraq’s anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, were assassinated along with their companions in a US terror drone strike authorized by President Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport.
Both popular commanders played key role in eliminating the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.