Attacks on Shiites – Iran’s Foreign Ministry has condemned the attacks on Shiite Muslims attending religious mourning processions in Kano and Katsina states, stressing the Federal Government’s responsibility to ensure security for the people.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, in a statement called for efforts to end “cruel and violent acts by extremist and Wahhabi-affiliated forces that are, unfortunately, either supported or ignored by the Nigerian police.”
He also demanded the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of the attacks on the Shiite members.
The statement followed Wednesday’s attacks on Shiite in Kaduna and Katsina states in which at least 12 Shiite mourners were killed on Wednesday after troops opened fire on them during their Ashura processions, an event marking the anniversary of martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the third Shiite Imam.
Qassemi underscored the need for the perpetrators of the bloody shootings to be immediately arrested and brought to justice and also highlighted the Federal Government’s responsibility for protection of Shiite members and ensuring security of the religious rites.
Also, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, on Thursday condemned the blast in a motor park in Borno State and the clashes between security agents and members of the called Shiite sect, that led to the death of 20 persons in Kaduna, Kano and Katsina states on Wednesday.
Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, commiserated with the victims of the suicide attack, especially at a time the Federal Government had stepped up efforts aimed at eradicating the Boko Haram sect.
Saraki said, “If this stealthy suicide attack by the insurgents is meant to divert government’s commitment and focused at ensuring absolute peace and security, rehabilitation and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons in the North-East, then, they have clearly failed.”
On the clashes between members of the Shiites group and security operatives, Saraki called for restraint on the part of the security agencies, while urging Nigerians not to take the law into their hands, notwithstanding the level of provocation.
El-Rufai’s also warned against mob action against any individual or group under whatever guise throughout the state.
He directed security agencies to vigorously uphold law and order in the state.
The governor urged the security agents to investigate and arrest participants in any mob action which, he noted, was lawless and should not be allowed to provide cover for individuals resorting to illegal self-help.
Iran condemns attacks on Shiites on Within Nigeria.