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Iran’s ambassador to Nigeria says good measures have been adopted so far to pave the way for the release of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife, who have been held in jail since 2015.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has welcomed the Nigerian government’s “positive” move to permit a medical team to visit and examine Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the leader of Nigeria’s Shiite community, and his wife.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has offered congratulations to Senegal and Nigeria on holding their presidential elections successfully.
Iran has strongly denounced the recent deadly incident in Nigeria in which several Shiite mourners were killed by security forces.
The new ambassadors of four European countries and one African state separately met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday.
Iran lost a great revolutionary figure and the Muslim world an astute politician, said the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in a letter to his Iranian counterpart on death of Iran’s ex-president Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Nigerian Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development Abubakar Bawa Bwari called for closer ties with Iran in various areas of mining industry.
Iran has communicated to Nigeria its serious concern about the continued detention and dire health condition of a leading Nigerian Shia leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is in Nigeria as part of his tour of Africa, reiterated Tehran’s continued support for the government of the African nation in its fight against terrorist groups.