Updated: February 26, 2021
Angry Muslims in Africa’s most populous nation have called for street protests to express rage and condemn President Donald Trump’s ordered assassination of Iranian top military commander Qassem Soleimani.
“The attention of NSCIA has been drawn to a planned peaceful protest by some Muslim youths in the country to vent their anger over the killing of Iranian top military commander, Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Iraq,” the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) said in a statement.
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“Although protests are an integral part of civil democracy all over the world, NSCIA believes that the timing is wrong,” the council said in its appeal to Muslim youths in the country to exercise restraint over the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, in Iraq.
The council’s statement was issued in Abuja by the Head of Media of the council, Ibrahim Aselemi.
NSCIA said the issue between the U.S. and Iran can only be resolved through diplomatic dialogue.
Major-General Soleimani was killed on Friday by a US Military airstrike in Baghdad ordered by President Donald Trump.