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NIGERIA ENTERS AMERICA’S BLACK BOOK AGAIN AS US ISSUES SECURITY ALERT TO IT’S CITIZENS LIVING IN NIGERIA DUE TO THE RISING TENSION

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Reading Nigeria tabloid it will be seen that various Nigerian leaders have warned against this recent youth restiveness that led to the burning of American flag by some muslim youths as the way of showing their anger by the recent killing of Iranian commander

The United States has without waste of time 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   Qasem Soleimani 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”, according to NBCNews.com.

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.

The sect also demanded the release of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, from  custody.

Our correspondent  also learnt  that some Muslim youths blocked the Abuja-Keffi Expressway in protest against Soleimani’s killing. The development  caused heavy  traffic.

The unruly youths also paralysed commercial activities in Mararaba and Nyanya  as traders who feared an escalation of their action locked up their shops and fled.

It was learnt  that the youths were dispersed by  security officers.

The  Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs appealed to the youths “not to allow their emotions  to becloud  the dangers of taking to the streets.”

The Head of Media and Communication, NSCIA, Ibrahim Aselemi, said  in a statement the impasse between Iran and America could only be resolved through dialogue.

Meanwhile, Soleimani’s  successor Esmail Ghaani has warned of an impending bloodbath against Americans in the Middle East.

“Be patient, and you will see the bodies of Americans all over the Middle East,” he  was quoted as saying by OAN.

According to Israel Times,  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.

The statement posted on its website advised  Americans in Nigeria  to review their personal security measures, be prudent and keep a low profile.

However, the US  in the security advisory dated January 3 said  it had “no specific security threat information”  regarding its citizens in the country.

The statement read, “Due to recent world events, US citizens should review their personal security measures.  While we have no specific threat information, it is prudent to remind ourselves of the following personal security actions to follow on a regular basis.

“Actions to take: Be aware of your surroundings; keep a low profile; avoid crowds and demonstrations; exercise caution when walking or driving at night; carry proper identification; review your personal security plans and monitor local media for updates.”

Following the killing of Soleimani, and the tensions generated by the development, the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu  decided to put all police commands and formations on  high alert.

Adamu said  intelligence report had  indicated that some “domestic interests” were planning to embark on massive public disturbances and sabotage to protest  Soleimani’s killing.”

We will keep you updated about US and Iran’s conflict.

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