President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, has contacted his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari after the violence that erupted between the Nigerian Army and the Shi’ia Islamic Movement in Nigeria, accrding to BBC Hausa Service.
Iranian media reported that Rouhani had called Buhari to promptly act on the issue and “not allow a small matter degenerate into a bigger one.”
Rouhani also sought explanation on the whereabouts of Shi’ite leader, Malam Ibrahim el Zakzaky, following reports of his detention by the Nigerian Army.
The agency quoted him as emphasising the importance of unity among Muslims.
“Under such conditions that terrorism is a serious threat against many Muslim countries’ security the Muslims need to unite and not permit trivial differences of opinion to lead to acute disputes, since safeguarding the Muslims’ lives is our major and public responsibility,” he reportedly said.
“The Islamic world is more than ever before in need to peace and peaceful resolving of its existing problems
“We expect the Nigerian government to relieve the entire bereaved families and injured victims of that disaster and to issue strict orders to prevent the occurrence of any further unrests.
“A group is after sowing the seeds of discord among Muslim in Islamic countries and therefore it is our duty to preserve Islam’s prestige and the Muslims unity alertly and consciously.”
Rouhani also announced Iran’s readiness to dispatch any special assistance, such as medical and rescue and relief teams to assist the disaster’s victims. On his part, Buhari reportedly appreciated the effort of his Iranian counterpart, emphasizing that he realises his responsibility in safeguarding the lives of Nigerian Muslims.
“The Nigerian government is also determined to pursue the precise causes of the occurrence of that incidence and will definitely react to it accordingly,” he was quoted as saying.
“We will also do our best to restore security in our country and will act against those who have disturbed it.”
Members of the sect clashed with soldiers in Zaria on Saturday.
The military accused the group of attempting to assassinate Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff, an allegation that the sect denied.