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Israel Inciting Violence In Nigeria – Iran
Written by Raliat Ahmed, Abuja
Wednesday, 02 June 2010 23:20
Ambassador of Iran to Nigeria, Khosrow Rezazadeh, has alleged that Israel, through its diplomatic mission, was using some religious organisations in Nigeria to cause a sectarian violence in the country.
Rezazadeh was reacting to a story published in LEADERSHIP on Tuesday titled: "Nigerians Urged To Unite In Prayers For Israel," in which the Israeli ambassador referred to Iran as a threat to his country.
The Israeli ambassador, Moshe Ram, who was represented by his deputy on the occasion of the second annual Christian United for Israel (CUFI) prayer held in Zaria, had said, ''Today the friendship of Nigeria and Israel is more important than ever because Israel faces unprecedented challenges to its security and legitimacy, and that the greatest threat to its common future is the possibility of Iran developing nuclear weapons".
The ambassador added, ''We would witness a cascade of terrorism across the globe as terrorism would operate under an Iranian umbrella".
Ambassador Ram noted that if nuclear weapons would be given to terrorists, then the 65-year-old era of nuclear peace would be endangered and as such he urged all not to allow such “a radical tyrant regime” threaten the peace of the world.
“I am asking you all to join us in the battle to defend the truth,” Ram emphasized.
Ambassador Rezazadeh called on the Nigerian government to call the Israeli ambassador to order over what he called unguarded utterances about his country.
Rezazadeh told LEADERSHIP yesterday that it was disappointing for an ambassador of a “tyrannical regime like Israel” to make such grievous accusations about Iran, adding that Israel was trying to use Nigerian citizens to cause religious violence .
He also said that the gathering in Zaria was a political one, aimed at using innocent Christians as tools not only against Iran but against humanity.
The envoy advised Nigeria to be wary of Israel, saying that hiding under the umbrella of religious bodies such as CUFI to attack Iran verbally was capable of causing religious crisis which, according to the Vienna Convention, is against the law of any country.
He urged Israel to be sober and regret its actions, especially its recent attack on the aid-carrying Gaza flotilla on Monday in which 10 people were killed and several others wounded.
"Attacking a ship at night is enough terrorism", Razazadeh added.
While calling on the Federal Government and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to take action against the Israeli embassy in Nigeria and also the Jesus is Life World Outreach Ministries Church (JAWOM), Zaria, he stressed that Israel should respect the rules and laws of Nigeria and desist from any act that is capable of sparking religious violence.