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Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by OKDnigeria: 10:42pm On Jul 05, 2018
Hezbollah allegedly training Nigerian Shiites to expand influence in West Africa

While Hezbollah’s military expansion across the Middle East, particularly since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, has drawn a great deal of attention, the Lebanese organization’s efforts to increase its presence and influence in Africa has largely been overlooked. Nigeria is a case in point. Sources close to Hezbollah say the organization provides ideological and military training to Nigerian Shiites inside Lebanon.

Tall men, in long, traditional African garb specific to northern Nigeria are sometimes spotted in Dahieh, a predominantly Shiite suburb south of Beirut where Hezbollah runs a cultural center. According to sources close to Hezbollah commanders, Nigerian men receive “training courses” at this center. “The training is limited to a few number of people but it is growing steadily,” one source confirmed, speaking to the author on the condition of anonymity. “The Shiite Nigerians initially receive a religious training before a military one that is provided in two camps in the Lebanese Bekaa,” he noted.

While it may seem as something of an oddity, the proselytization of Nigerians dates back to more than three decades ago. Nigeria is home to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, a jihadist organization founded in the early 1980s with a strong support among the country’s five million Shiite Muslims. In the wake of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, many young members of Nigeria’s Muslim Student Society, for example, traveled to Iran and received monetary aid as well as military and religious training. The leader of the group, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, a Sunni demagogue hailing from the town of Zaria, was initially inspired by Muslim Brotherhood’s chief ideologue Sayyed Qutb. But he later converted to Shiite Islam and became a flag-bearer for Iran’s revolution in his native country. Zakzaky believed that the establishment of an Islamic republic similar to Iran’s was potentially feasible in Nigeria. Since then, Zakzaky has had numerous confrontations with the government. He was jailed from 1981 to 1984 on charges of sedition, as he had reportedly declared he would recognize no state laws or authority except those of Islam.

The movement’s popularity also increased in the backdrop of escalating Sunni-Shiite tensions and its armed clashes with the Nigerian State. In 2015, Nigerian troops killed more than 300 Shiites in Zaria and arrested Zakzaky and hundreds of his followers. The army had accused the Shiite group of attempting to kill Nigeria’s army chief-of-staff, a charge the movement denied. As a result, the Nigerian government outlawed the IMN. Zakzaky remains in jail.

In 2016, Northern Nigeria witnessed another conflict as part of broader proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Violent clashes erupted between supporters of rival groups from the two main branches of Islam namely the Izala movement, backed by mainly Sunni Saudi Arabia, and the Shiite IMN.

Now, Hezbollah and Iran appear to be upping the ante. The increased proselytization and militancy effort by Hezbollah toward Nigerian nationals seem to be driven by local and international dynamics. “Iran has told Hezbollah that it needed to recruit and train Nigerians to establish a stronghold there so that it could serve as an operational base for the rest of Africa, mainly to thwart Israeli and western ambitions in the region,” says the source. An article published in CNN had in the past highlighted as well that IMN was providing Hezbollah-style military training to hundreds of Nigerians in camps throughout Northern Nigeria.

Another reason may that driving Hezbollah’s is linked to local calculation as its some members of its popular constituency wish to undermine rival Israeli companies in Nigeria . Some of them according to the source, appear to be allocating Hezbollah’s with funds for its Nigerian operation. The author has not been able to independently confirm the two statements, however.

Lebanese businessmen have nonetheless been linked to Hezbollah operations in Nigeria. In 2013, Reuters reported that Nigerian authorities had arrested three Lebanese nationals in the northern Nigeria’s city of Kano. The men had admitted to being members of Hezbollah and a raid conducted on the residence of one of the Lebanese led to the discovery of a large stash of weapons, including anti-tank weapons, landmines, rocket-propelled grenades, AK-47s, and some dynamite. Reuters had quoted the city’s military spokesman Captain Ikedichi Iweha as saying that the arms and ammunition were to be used for operations against Israel and Western interests in Nigeria.

However, the current training program in Lebanon for Nigerian Shiites is limited in scope, at least for now. “The training that is taking place now in Lebanon is mostly focusing on higher-ranking officers in commanding positions, who can in turn train new recruits in Nigeria, which is why the number of trainees remains limited. These trainees also generally return to Lebanon every three to six months to receive further training on more sophisticated weapons,” explained the source. But an official at the Lebanese Interior Ministry, requesting anonymity, said the ministry was unaware of large numbers of Nigerian recruits coming into Lebanon. The Nigerian embassy in Brussels could not be reached for comment.

The IMN appears to have also emulated Hezbollah’s extensive and successful propaganda and outreach programs. A Bloomberg report had noted last year that the IMN propaganda was very similar to that of Hezbollah. IMN had begun broadcasting its own internet-based Hausa radio station, Shuhada, and had plans to start a new TV channel. It also runs a newspaper called al-Mizan. In addition, the organization, according to Bloomberg, boasts more than 300 schools, Islamic centers, security guards and a “martyrs’ foundation” funded mainly by member donations. This network bears striking resemblance to Hezbollah’s welfare systems and media operating model.

Iran and Hezbollah’s drive into Africa is both geopolitical and ideological. With limited means, Iran has been able to project power and influence across regions. While majority of Shiite communities in the Middle East and North Africa are loyal citizens and refuse to accept Iranian dictates, the Islamic Republic has managed to exploit local grievances of some Shiite communities for its geopolitical ends.

Iranian and Hezbollah efforts also risk exacerbating sectarian strife in in Nigeria, which is home to a large Sunni community. Hezbollah has proven to be Iran’s successful foreign policy tool in that regard, thanks to its high military capabilities, its connections across Africa through its constituency, and its experience in foreign covert operations.


Source: http://www.mei.edu/content/article/io/hezbollah-allegedly-training-nigerian-shiites-expand-influence-west-africa

Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by leofab(f): 2:09am On Jul 06, 2018
More chaos

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by CodeTemplar: 2:13am On Jul 06, 2018
Imagine all of sahar. africa extremist coming to Nigeria.

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by Ikenna0b: 2:50am On Jul 06, 2018
If it's true that shittes are getting trained for terrorism, then the blame falls squarely on boofari's head. There's so much you can do to people before they snap. The Shiites are usually more peaceful compared to their Sunni counterparts. I'm not sure but I do believe that most terrorist groups worldwide are predominately sunnis. I don't think there's any Shiites terrorist group or there. If they start terrorism in Niggeria, boofari pushed them to that direction with the excess killings and harassing of their people.

It's a good thing IPOB is a predominately Christian group and Christians are against unnecessary attacks of innocent. If not, with the amount of pushing boofari and his minions have done to IPOB, they probably would have followed the parts of Shiites reaction if they were Muslims

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by kraftyiyk: 3:32am On Jul 06, 2018
Isreal does not peddle rumours..isreal does not issue treats...Isreal is d symbol of treat.. grin
One of the 48 laws of power says "Do not offend the wrong enemy" the day our useless leaders successfully meddles into the volatile middle east politics against isreal, will mark the beginning of the end of this sh1thole.
yesterday it was one careless good fr nothing senator blabbing on how isreal is supporting killings in the North...the whole world is just watching Nigeria.

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by FatherJP(m): 6:15am On Jul 06, 2018
Like our troubles are not enough already. Can we not have a blissful Nigeria for once ? Please God, restrict their activities from expanding beyond North. Amen.





Meanwhile, why is it that most of our ladies have their cheeks bigger than their foreheads ? Can't they try and maintain a straight long or short face? Must the cheeks grow side ways to look like hour glass too ?
It doesn't look romantic and makes them get old quickly.

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by AgbitiOnne: 6:26am On Jul 06, 2018
To be Frank the blame fall squarely on Buhari who have refused their leader El-zakzaky off the hook after several Court judgement granting the man bail, this APC government are known for disobeying Court Orders Boko Haram will be a child play compared to Hizbollah those guys are hardened terrorists

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by troublemakea(m): 6:37am On Jul 06, 2018
Israel doesn't give fake news
#PrayforNigeria

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by MufasaRebirth: 6:56am On Jul 06, 2018
Nothing to be scared about, I know they are training to deal with the sunnis, Inasmuch they dont come down here to the south they are free to do anything they want, when is Muric going for training So they can go face boko haram sad

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by BENZINA: 7:46am On Jul 06, 2018
A clear smear campaign against the Shiites.

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by anungangampu: 8:27am On Jul 06, 2018
Just with time.. Just with time.

I ain't gonna travel north.
I live and die in west, south or East.

North is cursed.

Too much bloodshed since 1948

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by Hadone(m): 9:09am On Jul 06, 2018
Serious!! From training Christians in Israel now training Sheits in Lebanon. Is Nigeria actually a country?

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by SouthEastFacts: 9:27am On Jul 06, 2018
They have succeeded in turning the most peaceful Islamic sect to terrorists.

If Shia moslems open up a new front in NW, Boko Haram operating in the in NE front, Herdsmen in Middle Belt and MURIC currently in SW, I wonder how long this country would survive.

I am only happy Shia moslems and Christians have a long standing understanding.

Free El ZakZaky and save this country from premature implosion.

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by saaron(m): 10:04am On Jul 06, 2018
I rather live with a Shiite terrorist than have a pieceful sunni muslim as neighbour.
95% of all terrorist groups/organizations in the world are sunni muslim groups.

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by saaron(m): 10:06am On Jul 06, 2018
kraftyiyk:
Isreal does not peddle rumours..isreal does not issue treats...Isreal is d symbol of treat.. grin
One of the 48 laws of power says "Do not offend the wrong enemy" the day our useless leaders successfully meddles into the volatile middle east politics against isreal, will mark the beginning of the end of this sh1thole.
yesterday it was one careless good fr nothing senator blabbing on how isreal is supporting killings in the North...the whole world is just watching Nigeria.
That is the hallmark of an incompetent terrorist govt.

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by richcasey: 10:24am On Jul 06, 2018

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by ghostfacekillar(m): 10:25am On Jul 06, 2018
Hmmm. Not again. This is how boko started. They were neglected until they bcame wey big for the government to handle even up till now. Hmmmmm.

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by hakanai(m): 10:25am On Jul 06, 2018
kraftyiyk:
Isreal does not peddle rumours..isreal does not issue treats...Isreal is d symbol of treat.. grin
One of the 48 laws of power says "Do not offend the wrong enemy" the day our useless leaders successfully meddles into the volatile middle east politics against isreal, will mark the beginning of the end of this sh1thole.
yesterday it was one careless good fr nothing senator blabbing on how isreal is supporting killings in the North...the whole world is just watching Nigeria.


You are rather mistaken with your remarks. As it stands the FGN and the larger section are against the shitte and that includes even the government. If Israel were to have interest it will be to even support the FGN like they have always done in terms of military training and equipping.

If you do the maths,the USA and Israel will definitely be trying to stop an Iranian influence. So a Syria doesn't happen in Nigeria. where Iran and co can take over. If the report is true the factors will definitely only get Israel,USA,Gulf allies and co to even help Nigeria more to deal with the Iranian/Shitte influence.

So don't be worried just yet about Nigeria getting involved in the middle east. At the moment our allies are all anti-Iran. If I had my way that is the kind of news(true or false) you spread to get free help (money,intelligence,security,weapons etc) from world powers grin.

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by richcasey: 10:26am On Jul 06, 2018
Ikenna0b:
If it's true that shittes are getting trained for terrorism, then the blame falls squarely on boofari's head. There's so much you can do to people before they snap. The Shiites are usually more peaceful compared to their Sunni counterparts. I'm not sure but I do believe that most terrorist groups worldwide are predominately sunnis. I don't think there's any Shiites terrorist group or there. If they start terrorism in Niggeria, boofari pushed them to that direction with the excess killings and harassing of their people.

It's a good thing IPOB is a predominately Christian group and Christians are against unnecessary attacks of innocent. If not, with the amount of pushing boofari and his minions have done to IPOB, they probably would have followed the parts of Shiites reaction if they were Muslims

How can you blame someone for your irresponsible actions? They have to blame themselves. We are all oppressed one way or another in this country where the rule of law isn't effective, but I haven't chosen to become a terrorist because of that oppression. You cannot justify crime. When terrorism starts, the innocent people suffer.

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by Benblaq(m): 10:27am On Jul 06, 2018
SUMMARY PLEASE

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by SniperSmurf(m): 10:29am On Jul 06, 2018
Terrorists are now training Nigerian Shiits muslims to come cause trouble in Naija. Na wa o!!!

Hezbollah Ideology:

Islamic nationalism
Anti-Zionism
Anti-"Western imperialism"
Shia Jihadism
Khomeinism
Anti-West
Anti-Semitism

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by tolexy007(m): 10:32am On Jul 06, 2018
shocked shocked

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by Omololu001: 10:32am On Jul 06, 2018
shocked
Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by brodalikeme(m): 10:32am On Jul 06, 2018
CodeTemplar:
Imagine all of sahar. africa extremist coming to Nigeria.
Hmmm, I tell you. Everything wrong with other countries are been exported into Nigeria. God help us!!!

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by HomeOfMe(f): 10:34am On Jul 06, 2018
OKDnigeria:



Source: http://www.mei.edu/content/article/io/hezbollah-allegedly-training-nigerian-shiites-expand-influence-west-africa
Why do all the world terrorist groups find Nigeria very attractive? Is Nigeria the only country that has Muslims in it? Oh,my bad..,I forgot.

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by Proffdada: 10:36am On Jul 06, 2018
Civil war brewing undecided
Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by bankylan: 10:36am On Jul 06, 2018
GoTV:
Later CAN and that loud mouthed fool called Oyedepo will blame Fulani herdsmen if this ones also start killing innocent people. We Christians just like to cause religious tensions in this country.

This bastard has to be deleted.

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Re: Hezbollah Military Training Nigerian Shiites In Lebanon – Mei.edu by LexngtonSteele: 10:37am On Jul 06, 2018
hakanai:



You are rather mistaken with your remarks. As it stands the FGN and the larger section are against the shitte and that includes even the government. If Israel were to have interest it will be to even support the FGN like they have always done in terms of military training and equipping.

If you do the maths,the USA and Israel will definitely be trying to stop an Iranian influence. So a Syria doesn't happens in Nigeria where Iran and co have taken over. If the report is true the factors will definitely only get Israel,USA,Gulf allies and co to even help Nigeria more to deal with the Iranian/Shitte influence. So don't be worried just yet. If I had my way that is the kind of news(true or false) you spread to get free help (money,intelligence,security,weapons etc) from world powers grin.

You are smart. Excellent use of propaganda to get free military aid grin grin grin

That's what i would do as a President wink

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