Sunday, March 05, 2006

Of cartoons and civil war

An excellent and balanced article from the Church of England Newspaper (Andrew Carey) on the link between violence, religious tensions, political instability, a coming census in the context of heated tribal struggles, and the statement of Archbishop Akinola that preceded Christian violence against Muslims in Onitsha. Money quote:
After several days of violence burned and charred bodies could be seen in the streets and over 30 were said to have died. "This cannot be Nigeria today. We have been living side-by-side with our Muslim brothers for so long. Why should a cartoon bring us to civil war?" asked one shocked pastor.
One thing I learned from the article that I did know before was that the Christian violence in Onitsha was prompted when "a busload of the bodies of Ibo victims killed in the north were returned home."

No comments: