The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has blamed the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia of masterminding the crackdown on supporters of its leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky in Abuja.
A representative of El-Zakzaky in Iran, Mohammad Hassan Shojaeefard made the allegations during an interview with Press TV.
Shojaeefard noted that prior to the Islamic leader’s arrest in 2015, he had maintained a cordial relationship with both the federal and state governments.
“The situation was absolutely cultural and peaceful,” but after the start of large pro-Palestinian demonstrations in the African country in 2014, “Israel, Saudi Arabia and, on top of them, the American government tried to stop the activities,” Shojaeefard said.
He added that the crackdown on IMN supporters began when they publicly condemned Israel for its atrocities against the Palestinian people during a demonstration marking International Quds Day.
The International Quds Day is an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan that was initiated by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 to express support for the Palestinians and oppose Zionism and Israel.
El-Zakzaky has been in detention since December 2015 after his residence in the city of Zaria was raided by security forces.