Iran’s Zarif arrives in Nigeria on key Africa tour

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a meeting. (AP) July 25, 2016 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in Nigeria on the first leg of a key four-nation tour of West Africa to improve bilateral diplomatic and trade relations. Heading a high-profile politico-economic delegation, Zarif departed Tehran for [...]

By |July 25th, 2016|Nigeria|

Iran’s Zarif to set off for West Africa

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif waves after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 10, 2016. (REUTERS) July 24, 2016 Iran's sponsored Press TV reported that Zarif will leave Tehran on Sunday at the head of a politico-economic delegation for a six-day visit. Zarif is reported that he plans [...]

By |July 24th, 2016|Djibouti, Eritrea, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan|

Iran moves against chief of Nigerian army staff

  July 11, 2016 The Islamic Republic of Iran is suspected to be involved in moves aimed at support the sack of the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai. Sources within the ministry of foreign affairs said the some of the individuals who benefit from insurgency in the country have garnered the backing of Iran [...]

By |July 11th, 2016|Nigeria|

Iran and Hezbollah’s Exploitation of Africa

  Hezbollah supporters carry portraits of the founder of Iran’s Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (left), and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as they march in the southern Lebanese town of Kfar Hatta on March 18. (AFP) June 18, 2016 Leveraging the Lebanese Diaspora Much of the Lebanese diaspora business community in Africa [...]

By |June 18th, 2016|Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Western Sahara|

Iran supports Nigeria’s OPEC secretary-general nominee

June 2, 2016 Iran has expressed support for the Nigerian nominee Mohammed Barkindo for the post of the secretary-general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). "Ten months ago, I promised the Nigerian Oil Minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu to support their nominee for the post," Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said, SHANA news [...]

By |June 2nd, 2016|Nigeria|

Nigeria risks losing oil buyers to Iran, S’Arabia

  The Iran Delvar, an Iranian Oil Tanker. (supplied) May 31, 2016 Nigeria, which recently lost its Africa’s top oil producer status to Angola on the back of huge decline in its output, stands a chance of losing some of its traditional buyers to rival producers such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, industry [...]

By |May 31st, 2016|Nigeria|

Iran recalls ambassador to Nigeria

Iran's national flags are seen on a square in Tehran February 10, 2012. (AP) May 26, 2016 There is a growing enmity between Nigeria and the Islamic Republic of Iran as Vanguard is reporting that the latter has recalled its ambassador, Saheed Kozechi. Though no reason was given for the action, it is [...]

By |May 26th, 2016|Nigeria|

Iran’s Other Shadow War Is in Africa

The U.S. Navy patrol in the Arabian Sea, picture was taken on Jan 14, 2015. U.S. Navy. (Reuters) 2 May 2016 The Cyclone-class patrol ship USS Sirocco closed in on a small boat in the Arabian Sea. After boarding, the American warship’s sailors discovered hundreds of Kalashnikov assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. [...]

By |May 2nd, 2016|Iran, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Western Sahara|

Iraq, Iran heavily funding Shi’ite sect in Nigeria

  Shrine of 8th Shiite Imam in the northwest city of Mashhad. (MEHR) April 14, 2016 The Department of State Service, DSS, on Wednesday said the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, also known as Shi’ite sect get its funding from countries like Iraq and Iran. The DSS operative in charge of Sabon-Gari in [...]

By |April 14th, 2016|Nigeria|

The Islamic Movement and Iranian intelligence activities in Nigeria

By Jacob Zenn October 24, 2013 Since the Islamic revolution in 1979, Iran has promoted “Khomeinism”[1] as one of its foreign policy tools in the Muslim world. Despite Nigeria’s geographic and cultural distance from Iran, there is no region outside of the Middle East where Iran’s ideology has a greater impact than in northern Nigeria. Nigeria’s [...]

By |October 24th, 2013|Nigeria, Sierra Leone|