Nigerian Shia group holds protests to urge Gaza ceasefire

GodGift Ifunanya
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A pro-Iranian Shia group has held protests across Nigeria to call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) on Monday marched through the capital, Abuja, and in 10 other Nigerian states, calling for peace in Gaza.

Protesters in Abuja burned UK and American flags in front of the US embassy.

They urged US President Joe Biden to withdraw his support for Israel in the Gaza conflict.

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The IMN was founded and is led by Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The group, credited for the growth of Shia Islam in Nigeria, is based in the north-western city of Zaria.

It was banned by the authorities in 2019 following violent clashes between its members and security forces, but its supporters hold protests from time to time.

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