Tehran (IP) - Iran-based TV channel Press TV has interviewed Nigeria’s most senior Shia cleric Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky to ask about the state’s long-drawn-out campaign of persecution against him and the country’s Shia faithful.

Iran PressIran news: Speaking to Press TV in an exclusive interview, Nigeria’s most senior Shia cleric Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky expresses certainty that most of his country’s people would opt for an Islamic ruling system if they were given a choice to.

“I believe that if there will be a plebiscite in this country and people will be asked ‘which system would you like? Is it the status quo, which is inherited from the British colonialists or the Islamic system?’” he told Press TV in the first interview to a network since he was released from jail in July. “I’m sure that the majority will choose the Islamic system. [Because] it will be the government of the people after all,” he added.

Zakzaky said, although the authorities in Nigeria strictly forbid any such vote, he did not rule out the prospect of the establishment of such a system in Nigeria. However, this, he reiterated, depended on the people being “given the choice,” similar to what happened in Iran with the referendum that followed the victory of the country’s Islamic Revolution in 1979.


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