The United States on Monday 6th Jan issued a security alert to its citizens living in Nigeria amid rising tensions in the Middle East, following Friday’s US airstrike that killed Iran’s most powerful military commander General QasemSoleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis near Baghdad airport.
Iran vowed to seek revenge on the US, with the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei saying a “harsh retaliation is waiting for the criminals whose filthy hands spilled his (Soleimani) blood.
Also, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and some youths in Abuja on Monday protested against the killing of Soleimani. The IMN, popularly known as Shi’ites, burned American flags at the Banex, Wuse area of the city.
The protesters chanted angry songs such as ‘Death To America’ as they condemned the US’ action. Some Muslim youths took to the streets and blocked the Abuja-Keffi Expressway in protest against Soleimani’s killing.
Meanwhile, Soleimani’s successor EsmailGhaani has warned of an impending bloodbath against Americans in the Middle East.
According to reports, the leader of the Iran-backed Hezbollah called on Shi’ite militias to attack US military assets throughout the Middle East — including suicide bombings.
However, President Donald Trump on Saturday warned Iran against retaliation against the US, threatening to hit 52 Iranian sites.
Apparently fearing the Iranians and their allies could extend their attacks to Nigeria, the US Embassy in Nigeria issued a security alert for its citizens in the country.