Deputy FM: Iran Discussing Sheikh Zakzaky’s Health Conditions, Freedom with Nigeria


Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari voiced his country’s serious concern over the the continued imprisonment and unfavorable health conditions of Nigeria’s leading Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, and said that Tehran is negotiating with Abuja over Zakzaky’s freedom.

“We are consulting with the Nigerian government to set up a probe commission in that country to put an end to Sheikh Zakzaky’s incarceration and we are following up his health conditions,” Jaberi Ansari said on Sunday, addressing a press conference in Mashhad.

He reiterated that Iran will use its capacities to resolve the problems of the Muslims countries, but the threats from outside the Muslim countries is to such an extent that if all Mulim states will also be mobilized, the terror-related problems will still prevail.

In relevant remarks in July, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that during his meeting with Nigerian authorities, including the president and foreign minister, he has expressed serious concern about Zakzaky’s physical conditions.

The army attacked two religious centers of the country’s Muslim community on December 12, killing hundreds of defenseless civilians. Later on December 13, the military arrested Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife after raiding their house and killing three of his sons, assistants and followers.

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have demanded setting up of a judicial commission of inquiry to probe the killings of their colleagues in Zaria on December 12 and 13, during a meeting with House of Representatives panel.

They have also demanded the unconditional release of their leader Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife.