On Monday 6th of January 2020, members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and some youths took to the streets of Abuja to protest the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and his aides in a drone airstrike by the United States.
In a fit of outrage and defiance at the United States’s action, the Shi’ites burnt American flags at the Banex Wuse area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The angry protesters were seen chanting hate songs and slogans such as ‘Death To America,’ as they condemned the U.S. action.
They also asked the Nigerian Authorities to release of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, who are currently in prison custody.
According to reports, some Muslim youths also blocked the Abuja-Keffi highway in protest against Soleimani’s killing causing serious traffic on the road.
Due to the actions of the seemingly angry Muslim youths, commercial activities in the Mararaba and Nyanya axis were paralyzed because of fear of escalation as many traders locked up their shops.
It was gathered that the youths were subsequently dispersed by security agencies after some time.