A commemoration ceremony was
held in memory of the Nigerian martyrs in Zaria who were massacred in an
army crackdown that was also led to the detention of the Nigerian Shia
leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaki.
The ceremony was held in the
presence of a large number of Nigerian Muslims as well as senior Iranian
personalities including the Secretary General of the international
union of pro-Palestinian NGOs, Zahra Mostafavi.
In the meantime, a deputy of
Zakzaki, Ismail Shoeib said the Nigerian army has held the injured
leader in spite of the very Nigerian law, suggesting that the army may
have been instructed by foreign states over the situation.
The ceremony was also treated with a number of video clips on how the massacre occurred.
Also, several Nigerian activists delivered lectures in English on the massacre and the latest developments.
Next, poems by the Iranian
poets, Afshin Ala, Qasem Sarafan and Fatemeh Mousavi were read out about
the lifestyle and struggle of Zakzaki as well as the Zaria martyrs.
Also, a translation of a poem by Senobari was read out during the ceremony.
Next, a Nigerian student,
Abdosalam Shiho delivered a report about the Nigerian army's atrocities
as well as measures taken to secure the release of Sheikh Zakzaki,
saying the Nigerian regime has kept Zakzaki in captivity despite a court
order for his release.
Also, a daughter of Zakzaki's
deputy delivered an emphatic lecture before the Iranian singer, Ehsan
Shakeri perform a song about the eighth Shia Imam, Hadhrat Imam Reza
The last one to take the
podium was the Secretary General of the Assembly for the Proximity of
the Islamic Denominations, Sayyed Abdullah Husseini who talked about the
struggle of Zakzaki and called it exceptional.
The ceremony was culminated
with the handing of an honorary citation to Zahra Mostafavi sent by a
group of Nigerian girls who called Mostafavi the selected girl of the
Accepting the citation, Mostafavi thanked them and wished for the release of Zakzaki.
Participants of the ceremony
also signed to a 100-meter petition addressed to the Nigerian
government. The petition will be handed to the Nigerian embassy in
Tehran in the next few days.