Some members Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and youths on Monday protested the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and his aides in a drone airstrike by the United States.
While condemning the US action, angry protesters burnt American flags at the Banex, Wuse area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and chanted hate songs and slogans such as ‘Death To America’.
While the protest ensued, Bittertruth Media reports that some Muslim youths also blocked the Abuja-Keffi highway in protest against Soleimani’s killing causing serious traffic gridlock on the busy road.
The sect members also demanded the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, who are currently in prison custody.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs appealed to the youths “not to allow their emotions becloud them to the dangers of taking to the streets.”
The Head of Media and Communication, NSCIA, Ibrahim Aselemi, in a statement while reacting to the protest said that the impasse between Iran and America could only be resolved through dialogue.
“We appeal to these Muslim youths not to allow their emotions becloud them to the dangers of taking to the streets.
“We appeal to the law enforcement agency to be alive to their responsibility of protecting lives and property,” the statement read in part.