Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Nigerian Religious Conflict

KANO, Nigeria — "Security forces sealed off a section of the central Nigerian city of Jos after clashes at the weekend between Christians and Muslims left at least 26 dead and more than 300 wounded, according to a local imam. The Nassarawa Gwom district was under a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the wake of the unrest that flared up when Christian youths protested at the building of a mosque in the Christian-dominated neighbourhood. 'So far we have over 300 injured people, most of them from gun shots.' More than 3,000 people were meanwhile sheltering in mosques, churches and police barracks after being displaced from their homes, the Red Cross said. He added: 'The government calls on the people to go about their normal business without fear.'"

"The trend toward more "traditional" might spark some old flames. Keep an eye out for increased religious conflict though."
Random Roving - January 1, 2010

This summary from Wikipedia makes it clear that Nigeria is NOT one of the weaker African countries:
"Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, the eighth most populous country in the world, and the most populous country in the world in which the majority of the population is black. It is listed among the "Next Eleven" economies, and is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The economy of Nigeria is one of the fastest growing in the world, with the International Monetary Fund projecting a growth of 9% in 2008 and 8.3% in 2009.[5][6][7][8] In the early 2000s, the majority of the population lived off less than US$ 1.25 (PPP) per day. [9] It is the second largest economy in Africa, and is a regional power that is also the hegemon in West Africa."

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