The Conflict Between The Muslims And The North

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In 1914, the unification that the British did by colonizing territories from Sahel to the Atlantic coast, started the main cause of conflict between the Muslims and the Christians. It led to political disagreement between the two major religions in two separate regions of the country. In the years 1947 to 1959, the Nigerian leaders came together to try to come to an agreement to resolve the political and religious conflicts between the north (Muslims) and the south (Christians). Christians believe that if Nigeria is governed by Muslims, they will try to islamize the country to establish Sharia law into the government. The Muslims are opposed to westernization and find asylum through religion. While the Muslims tried to extend the Sharia…show more content…
That became a problem to Christian groups in the north of Nigeria identified themselves against the Muslim Hausa-Fulani majority. The casualties and suffering that have been caused by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram over the past five years are mind-boggling. According to estimates, 12,000 people have been killed, 8,000 thousand more have been injured or maimed, and thousands of innocent people have been displaced by the conflict. Even more worryingly, around half of those deaths have come in just the past year. Boko Haram rebels aim to make northern Nigeria an Islamic state. Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states are the most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. The entire resident population of these states of sixteen million people are all affected by the Boko Haram. Half have been killed in Boko Haram attacks on government institutions, churches, and secular schools. An equal number, many with no ties to terrorists, have died in government counterattacks. Women and children are particularly the most vulnerable. Main concerns include targeting of civilians, abductions, sexual violence, forced recruitment, arbitrary arrests, and extrajudicial killings. At least 3.5 million people are considered insecure. Households in much of Borno state and parts of Adamawa and Yobe are facing Crisis and Emergency food security outcomes. About 250,000 people were living in camps or with relatives and friends after being forced out of their homes. With all of
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