Who is afraid of Iran in Nigeria?

Iran , also known as Persia officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. It is bordered to the northwest by Azerbaijan; with Kazakhstan and Russia across the Caspian Sea; to the northeast by Turkmenistan; to the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan; to the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman; and to the west by Turkey and Iraq. Comprising a land area of 1,648,195 km2 (636,372 sq mi), it is the second-largest nation in the Middle East and the 18th-largest in the world; with 78.4 million inhabitants, Iran is the world’s 17th most populous nation. It is the only country that has both a Caspian Sea and an Indian Ocean coastline. Iran has long been of geostrategic importance because of its central location in Eurasia and Western Asia, and its proximity to the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Proto-Elamite and Elamite kingdom in 3200–2800 BC. The Iranian Medes unified the area into the first of many empires in 625 BC, after which it became the dominant cultural and political power in the region. Iran reached the pinnacle of its power during the Achaemenid Empire founded by Cyrus the Great in 550 BC, which at its greatest extent comprised major portions of the ancient world, stretching from parts of the Balkans (Bulgaria-Paeonia) and Thrace-Macedonia in the west, to the Indus Valley in the east, making it the largest empire the world had yet seen. The empire collapsed in 330 BC following the conquests of Alexander the Great. The Parthian Empire emerged from the ashes and was succeeded by the Sasanian dynasty (Neo-Persian empire) in 224 AD, under which Iran again became one of the leading powers in the world, along with the Byzantine Empire, for the next four centuries.

I had to give an introduction of Iran so that people will know its past greatness and how it has contributed immensely to past human civilization, development and progress. Today Iran is a fast developing country that is on the path a world power despite the debilitating sanctions imposed on it by the West. The West imposed these sanctions due to the fact that Iran and Iranians chose the path of freedom and independence whereby in 1979 during the Islamic Revolution they cut-off the hands of Western imperialism from the affairs of their country, today Iran is among the fasted growing nations in the world in terms of science and technology.

With the ongoing negotiations between Iran and world powers that comprised US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany on its nuclear program, Iran has decided to expand its trade, economic and investment to different parts of the world with priority to Asia and Africa. That is why Iran has organized “FIRST IRAN SOLO EXHIBITION IN NIGERIA” that will run from 9-11/JUNE/2015 at the Landmark Centre, Lagos, Nigeria, to showcase its expertise and potentials to the Nigerian market that will be beneficial to both countries.

Unfortunately, anything that is laudable must have oppositions and this Solo exhibition is not an exception as certain pressure groups are putting pressure on the Nigerian government to cancel the exhibition. There are two pressure groups that are hell-bent on sabotaging this project; the pro-Israeli lobby that was very powerful during the regime of Goodluck Jonathan and the pro-Saudi Wahhabis. Politically these groups represents their parent entities that are hostile to Iran in Global affairs and they are extending this hostility and hatred to Nigeria with no due regards to the vital interest of the Nigerian nation.

The world is witness to the fact that Iran is a reliable player and it is such countries that Nigeria needs at this moment of re-building after yeas of bad governance, wanton corruption and decayed infrastructures. The profile of this exhibition covers the major areas and problems that the new Nigerian government has announced that it will address to make Nigeria working again. Nigeria should not repeat the mistake it made in 2008 when the then Iranian government presented a 5-year plan that comprises short-term, medium-tern and long-term plans that will solve the Nigerian power problem to the Obasanjo administration. The American and Israeli regimes put pressure on the then Nigerian government not to accept the Iranian proposals and sadly to this day these two regimes have not presented any proposal or render any help to Nigeria to help it solve its power problem.

Western imperialist only exploit developing nations like Nigeria, they had never cared about progress, development and transfer of technology to developing nations. These Western powers are extremely greedy and selfish and their multinational companies have been exploiting and plundering Nigeria since independence and so they consider Iran as an unwanted competitor that will be an economic threat to their vested interest in Nigeria.

As for the pro-Saudi Wahhabi opposition to Iranian presence in Nigeria, I will like someone to point out $1 billion investment that belong to Saudi Arabia in Nigeria? In-fact, despite the vast wealth of Saudi Arabia from revenue in Crude Oil and Pilgrimage, the Saudi regime does not have $1 billion investment in any Muslim country that will be beneficial to the indigenous population. What Saudi Arabia promotes in Muslim countries is its deviant Wahhabm Salafism that preach hate, intolerance and extremism, and this deviant creed is the guiding ideology of all terrorists groups that are killing innocent people in the name of Islam. Groups such as ISIS, AlQaeda, Boko Haram, Taliban, AlShabab etc are guided by the deviant Wahhabi creed that Saudi Arabia promotes and propagate.

Today what will develop Nigeria is not blind hate promoted by these deviant groups but what will develop Nigeria is properly planned policies and well coordinated execution that will impact positively in the lives of oppressed Nigerians who have suffered enough from the hands of corrupt leaders who served the agenda of greedy imperialist powers.

With all these it is hoped that the new Nigerian government will disregard all these unwanted distraction by these foreign sponsored pressure groups and partner with countries such as Iran and China to re-build Nigeria, modernize its infrastructures and take Nigeria to its proper place among the comity of modern nations.

Harun Elbinawi

Kaduna, Nigeria.


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