Not less than ten thousand Nigerians today protested on the streets of Nigeria’s city of Kano against an anti-Islam film made in the US.
The crowd of demonstrators stretched several kilometres through the city with protesters shouting “death to America, death to Israel and death to the enemies of Islam”.
There had earlier been protests in Zaria, Kaduna state and an attempt to stage one in the volatile city of Jos was broken with the security agencies firing shots into the air to dismiss the demonstrators.
The rally was being organised by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, a pro-Iranian group that adheres to the Shiite branch of Islam, which has operated in Africa’s most populous country since the late 1970s.
Muhammed Turi, a member of the Islamic Movement and one of the protest leaders said, “We are out today to express our rage and disapproval over this blasphemous film. This protest is also aimed at calling on the US government to put a halt to further blasphemy against Islam,” he added.
Demonstrators carried pictures of US President Barack Obama, as well as American and Israeli flags as they marched towards a palace owned by the Emir of Kano.
The low-budget film “Innocence of Muslims,” has incited a wave of bloody anti-American protest in cities across some Islamic countries.
The same protest led to the death of American ambassador to Libya. In Pakistan yesterday, 21 people were reported dead in protests in Karachi. Overall, 23 people have been killed in Pakistan during protests over the past week.