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Twilight of Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, Tehran's last religious link in Africa

Flyers depicting Nigerian radical Shiite leader Ibrahim el-Zakzaky during a protest calling for his release, Tehran, Iran, 17 July 2019.
Flyers depicting Nigerian radical Shiite leader Ibrahim el-Zakzaky during a protest calling for his release, Tehran, Iran, 17 July 2019. © Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA/Newscom/MaxPPP
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, a radical Shiite organisation that claims millions of followers, is riven by power struggles and bitterly divided over whether to move into mainstream politics. Its increasingly unpopular leader Ibrahim el-Zakzaky has lost support from Iran and is battling to keep his job. [...] (1250 words)
Issue dated 14/12/2022 Reading time 5 minutes
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