Iranian media are saying that President Hassan Rouhani has called up Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari over a military crackdown on Nigeria’s main Shia sect that, it is alleged, has left many people dead.
Mr Rouhani has been quoted as saying “minor disputes must not be allowed to turn into deep differences”.
On Monday, Shia-dominated Iran summoned a Nigerian diplomat in Tehran to protest against the crackdown.
Rouhani made the call after the recent crackdown on Shi’a faithfuls in Nigeria which was a result of s standoff between members of the sect and the convoy of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Tukur Buratai.
It was reported that about 60 persons were killed and over 28 injured, according to the Medical Director of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria.
On it’s part, the Nigerian Army said “its men shot dead about seven members of the Shiite sect in Zaria, Kaduna State, on Saturday while 10 other members of the group were wounded in the bid of the soldiers to ward off an alleged attack by the sect’s members on the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.”
However, the Shia sect is insisting that no fewer than 800 bodies of its members were deposited at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital.
The President, Media Forum, Shi’ite Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim Musa, said Monday that 87 women were among the dead.
There has been a series of accusations and counter accusations between the Shia sect and the Nigerian Army.