Nigeria - Poverty And Injustice Drive Sectarian Violence

Poverty, inequality and injustice are threatening to trigger a broad sectarian conflict in Nigeria, an international Christian-Muslim ta...

Poverty, inequality and injustice are threatening to trigger a broad sectarian conflict in Nigeria, an international Christian-Muslim task force said on Wednesday.
Clashes between Nigerian Christians and Muslims have already killed hundreds of people this year alone. But although the violence is the worst between members of the two faiths since the Bosnian war of 1992-1995, the root causes go far beyond religion, the group's report said.
Corruption, mismanagement, land disputes and the lack of aid for victims or punishment for troublemakers have all fuelled tensions, especially in Nigeria's "Middle Belt", where the mostly Muslim north meets the largely Christian south, it said.
Attacks by radical Islamist groups such as Boko Haram that exploit these secular issues and revenge killings by Christian and Muslim gangs have reinforced the religious aspect of the violence.
"There is a possibility that the current tension and conflict might become subsumed by its religious dimension (especially along geographical 'religious fault-lines')," the report said, warning that blaming only religion for the strife would make that incomplete view "a self-fulfilling prediction".
The 12-member joint delegation was led by World Council of Churches (WCC) General Secretary Olav Fyske Tveit of Norway and Jordanian Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, chairman of the board of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought.
The report identified dozens of separate problems whose resolution could contribute to overall peace.
The wealth gap between the oil-producing states in the south and the resource-poor north was a leading factor in regional tensions, as were land disputes such as the lack of recognised grazing land for nomadic Fulani cattle herders.
Indigenous inhabitants in many Nigerian states enjoy more legal rights than "settlers," who have no access to free healthcare, education, land and jobs even though some of them moved into those areas generations ago.
"It is an enormous problem that needs to be solved or resolved at the federal and constitution levels, perhaps with a constitutional clarification or amendment," the report said.
It also said tensions arose because Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian southerner, served out the presidential term of northern Muslim Umare Yar'Adua after the latter's death in 2010, then won election in 2011. Some Northerners say this broke a power-sharing agreement between north and south.
But the report did say that religion itself had played a part in fuelling the violence.
"In Nigeria, three things are intertwined - religion, politics and ethnicity - and the three are beclouded with corruption, poverty and insecurity," the report quoted former justice minister Prince Bola Ajibola, one of several Nigerian officials who accompanied the delegation, as saying.
Religious leaders on both sides have publicly condoned the violence, it said, and well-funded missionaries for both Islam and Christianity have also fanned tensions.
The Geneva-based WCC and the Jordanian institute announced they would jointly publish books for Nigerian schools explaining the theology of peace in both religions and draw up a manifesto on interfaith cooperation for Nigerians to sign.
They also said they would seek partners to launch a neutral centre to collect accurate information on the conflict to help find a settlement.
The joint delegation, which met government officials and faith leaders in the strife-torn Kaduna and Plateau states and in Abuja from May 22 to 25, said it wanted to show how Muslims and Christians could work together to foster peace.
"The crisis in Nigeria must no longer be seen as a localised issue," the report said in its conclusion.
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  1. The reason for the enormous poverty is world capitalism and the everlasting pursuit of profit.
    If the World Bank and the monetary fund really wanted the best for mankind, they would not provide large loans to poor nations. poor countries can not pay it back, and they are not supposed to .. they are supposed to be suffocating in interest rates so they can borrow more money to pay off the old debt, and end up with even more debt .. and this is the way banks earn masive profits .. money they borrow is used to build industrial infrastructure such as industrial ports and roads that lead out to the places where they dig resources out of the ground, and machines to work …Thats good right..? NO..because it benefits only a few rich men in that country and provides access to cheap resources purchased by Western corporations. Cheap resources created in this way gives us mobile phones, fashionable clothing, expensive sneakers, and other consumer goods …. This is necessary so that we can have growth .. our monetary system make it so our economy is dependent on infinite growth with infinite resources (Witch we do NOT have)… The simple fact is that we allow hunger and famine so that we can get more for ourselves and less for others .. (more profit)

    But why are there so many people are not aware of this ..and why is it that our politicians deny it ..?

    questions and answers below:

    Is it because there is not enough food ..? NO .. the world’s population Producing enough food to feed 10 billion people every year. But still we let 1 billion men, women and children starve to death …

    Is it because their leaders are corrupt ..? .. Yes .. But who do you think pays the corruption.? our cooperations spend billions on bribery and lobbying to get a competitive advantage in what we call the free market system.

    But that is just evil ..! .. NO .. it’s just capitalism at work, and a normal and legitimate marketing strategy.

    Does this mean that we do anything for profit .. even heartless and selfish deeds …? YES… That’s the wonderful part when you say “competition is healthy”

    so is communism the answer ….? NO … Communism was designed to eliminate these problems .. but it supports the same monetary system, but only on a state-run basis .. Communism is also dependent on infinite growth to keep the economy going.

    What about fasisme or nazism ..? … NO .. are you drunk.? It’s just the same story with a different date.

    Why do people deny this .. ? ..Well …. since we were babies, we have learned that money is the only thing that is important in life. at school we were indoctrinated into this system. and we have learned to deny all other alternatives to the monetary system, not because there is no alternative … but because they believe there is not

    But there is an alternative.? .. Yes … there is … But this will require ALL people on earth to start to work together .. But those in power will never allow this as it would deprive them of the power … they only want your vote, and then you can go to hell ..you have no rights from birth, politicians give us rights, and they can take them away just as easily. .. we are only slaves of the powerful …the alternatives are many … but the most correct way to save the planet from ourselves, would be to introduce a resource based economy.

    FACTS: if the big corporations found a way to make billions by feeding the hungry, hunger would not be a problem .. but to produce enough insulin to millions of people with diabetes due to obesity .. would be the biggest challenge …

    wake up

    With love and hope for all mankind.
    Anders Hansen



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