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Nigerians protest in Abuja, seek exit of Iranians

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Some well-meaning citizens yesterday stormed the Iranian embassy in Abuja, calling for its nationals to leave Nigeria.

Led by the Concerned Citizens for Defence of Nigeria, the protesters demanded the immediate expulsion of Iranians from the country.

In a statement by the convener, Mrs. Victoria Ameh, they said the rally was necessitated by Iran’s alleged attempt at “causing havoc in Nigeria through their proxy, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).”

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The concerned citizens said the Iranian government had allegedly pumped in millions of dollars in a bid to “destabilise and overthrow the Nigerian government.”

According to the group, “Iran would stop at nothing until they achieve their desire to see to the collapse of Nigeria, and this is what Nigerians in their numbers have come out to reject in its entirety.”

It further added that the latest move stems from the fact that Nigeria, just like many other countries, did not take sides with it in the diplomatic row it had with the United States over the killing of one of its top military commanders, Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Iraq.

The protesters, therefore, warned that Nigeria’s integrity could not be shaken, advising Iranian citizens and businesses to exit.

Ameh went on: “We are here, not because we do not have other engagements.

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But it is indeed a statement of fact that above all and in pursuit of our core mandate as an organisation devoted to the defence of Nigeria from external sources through advocacies and civil means brings this strong message on behalf of the over 180 million Nigerians who do not have anywhere to call home but Nigeria to the government of Iran.

“The government of Iran has indeed exhibited an act that is not only despicable, shameless, but of poor taste, because it has indeed begun a futile attempt at causing havoc in Nigeria through their proxy, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

“We are demanding that the government of Nigeria begin the process of identifying all the channels through which Iran has been promoting terrorism in Nigeria through its proxy, the IMN.”

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