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More Christians killed in Nigerian violence over Islamic law
ENI-00-0086

By Obed Minchakpu
Jos, Nigeria, 10 March (ENI)--Nigeria faced further major
conflict this week as more violence erupted between Christians
and supporters of Islamic Sharia law and.

Three Christians were killed and a church was set on fire after
riots broke out on 7 March in the city of Sokoto in north western
Nigeria. According to some reports, many Christians sought refuge
in army barracks and police stations as Muslim students went on
the rampage. The BBC reported that riot police have now brought
the situation under control.

Last month more than 400 people died in riots and other violence
between Christians and Muslims in the northern city of Kaduna
after the Kaduna state government decided to introduce Islamic
law. Mosques and churches were destroyed in the attacks.

Nigeria has more than 100 million people - making it Africa's
most populous country - with big Christian and Muslim
communities. There is no reliable estimate of which religion
dominates nationally, but Muslims are in a big majority in the
north, Christians dominate in the east, while the south-west is
mixed.

In recent months, a number of states in northern Nigeria have
announced their intention to introduce Sharia law. In Sokoto, a
bill introducing Sharia law was passed unanimously on 2 February
by the 30-member, Muslim-dominated state house of assembly. The
state of Niger in northern Nigeria has approved legislation to
introduce Sharia law, while the state of Zamfara, has already
begun to implement Sharia as part of its judicial system.

But on 29 February, after the Kaduna riots, Nigeria's national
council of state, which includes past presidents and heads of
state as well as state governments, ruled that Islamic law should
be suspended by state governments.

The riots in Sokoto began when Muslim students at the Othman Dan
Fodio University took to the streets to protest against this
decision.

Speaking to journalists in Sokoto on 7 March, the Sokoto state
deputy governor, Alhaji Aliyu Magatarkada Wamako, expressed
regrets over the attack on Christians, and said the situation had
been brought under control. He also ordered the immediate closure
of all schools in the state.

ENI invited Christian leaders in Sokoto to comment on the
situation, but none was available.