A Brief Note On The Country Of Nigeria

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One of the best ways to succeed in life is to work together. Unfortunetly for Nigeria, the lack of this characteristic has been endlessly causing it problems for years. The quarrel between the Muslims in the north and the Christians in the south has been constantly growing. This has recently led to very violent acts of protest and the taking of thousands of innocent lives. These acts of terrorism by northern Nigerian Islam extremists are becoming much more frequent because of a rather newly created terrorist group, Boko Haram. The group is growing in power and most likely is not being shut down any time soon. There are many reasons for this, including many Nigerian citizens being in poverty, Nigeria’s corrupt government, and most crucial,…show more content…
Because of the nation being so varied, the government is very unbiased towards religion and states that one is a Nigerian citizen before one is a Christian or a Muslim. However, not all agree this should be true (Phillips 59). Even though the nation’s government is secular, twelve northern Nigerian states, which is one-third of the country, have adopted Sharia law in addition to Nigerian law as a second set of regulations (Davis). Sharia law is an Islamic law based on the Koran, Muslims’ sacred book, with extremely strict and horrid punishments, and many Muslims believe this constitution should be just as important as Nigerian law. These opinions have caused many extremists to feel negative towards the Nigerian government (Phillips 59). Because of this aggression, religious violence has been going on since the 1960’s (Bumgardener). Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa, and consequently, much of the country is impoverished (Davis). Shockingly, according to the International Crisis Group, “most Nigerians are poorer today than they were at independence in 1960 ... and the government is unable to provide security, good roads, water, health and reliable education.” This benefits Nigerian terrorist groups because the thought of having some type of job entices many young men to join. On top of that, many Nigerian Muslims enroll because they claim there has been much discrimination against them by Christians. By accusing Nigerian’s President
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