12 April 2019
Members of the Shia-dominated Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) demonstrated in Abuja on Wednesday, condemning former British prime minister Tony Blair’s visit to Kaduna, where he was hosted by the governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai.
Blair was in Kaduna last Friday, he was also there in July 2017, and the demonstrators blamed Britain and other countries for their complicity in the Zaria Massacre – when Nigerian soldiers killed hundreds of Shia Muslims in Zaria, Kaduna State in December 2015.
A spokesman for the IMN, Ibrahim Habu Musa, told Iran’s Press TV: “The whole world has identified Tony Blair as a war criminal due to his participation in killing innocent people in Iraq and other places just to embezzle their resources. He is here [Nigeria] to embezzle our resources.” Musa went on to describe Blair’s handshake with El-Rufai as a “handshake of war criminals”. This was also seen on some of the posters from the demonstration.
The protesters claimed that the massacre in Zaria was “the height of barbarism and terrorism”. Musa wondered why the UK has never reacted to that atrocity by Nigerian troops and the continued detention of IMN leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.
The Press TV broadcast is available below: