Nigeria (IP) - A ceremony was held in Nigeria to commemorate the third anniversary of Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani's martyrdom.

Iran PressIran news: On the occasion of the third anniversary of the martyrdom of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, a commemoration ceremony was held at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria on Sunday.

Dozens of Nigerian people who loved the Iranian general took part in the ceremony.

The ceremony started with reading out the message of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). After that, Mohammed Ali Bak, the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, delivered a speech at the ceremony.

In his message, Sheikh Zakzaky stated: "It has been three years since we lost this great mujahid who was a symbol of the fight against terrorism and his martyrdom brought shame to the real terrorists (the United States)."

Also, the Iranian ambassador, for his part said: "With God's help, the blood of this martyr will be avenged from the criminals, namely the Americans."

Moreover, in the ceremony, some Shia, Sunni, and Christian Nigerian thinkers read out their viewpoints on the beloved martyr and his impact on the Islamic world in short papers.

General Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), and Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Second-in-Command Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were assassinated along with their companions in a US drone strike authorized by the former US President Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.

General Soleimani and his companions were highly popular because of their key role in eliminating the US-backed ISIS terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.

General Soleimani was assassinated by the US while he was in Baghdad at the official invitation of the Iraqi government.


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