Religious and ethnic violence between Christians and Muslims picked up again last weekend in the city of Jos, Nigeria. 500 people – mostly Christian women and children – were killed by Muslim herders who were avenging the deaths of hundreds of Muslims killed back in January.
What was interesting for me, and this is a common pattern, is the denial of it all. The denial that there are no tensions, the assertion that it is a secular State, that the constitution is secular, that people all throughout the centuries have lived side-by-side. But, the cracks that were so apparent were being, in a way, ignored (Voice of America Reports).
The Nigerian government should ensure that the perpetrators of acts of violence are brought to justice under the rule of law and that human rights are respected as order is restored (AFP Reports).