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The broad characterisation of a Muslim Hausa-speaking north, and a Christian south made up of two dominant tribes - the Yoruba in the southwest and the Ibo in the southeast - is a vast over-simplification.
In some states across central Nigeria, for example, it is possible to drive down a road, stopping at each tiny settlement, encountering a different language spoken in every single one.
Christian youths burned the corpses of Muslims on Thursday on the streets of Onitsha in southeastern Nigeria, the city worst hit by religious riots that have killed at least 146 people across the country in five days.
Christian mobs, seeking revenge for the killings of Christians in the north, attacked Muslims with machetes, set fire to them, destroyed their houses and torched mosques in two days of violence in Onitsha, where 93 people died.
Dozens more corpses had been thrown into the back of pick-up trucks by security services overnight, residents said.
Some charred corpses were still lying on the streets and hundreds of Muslim men, women and children fled the city crammed into open-top trucks for fear of more killings. Thousands more were hiding in army barracks and police stations.
Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
Bull crap. That would mean that all people in poverty behave in such a manner.
Originally posted by Beachcoma
Good post, curme! Exactly, this all has nothing to do with anyone's religion. It's bad social conditions and even worse economic conditions that have brewed the dissent there. All the recent events were just catalysts. Or just an extension of the long history of troubles.
Originally posted by jsobecky
The socio-economic argument does not fit all countries in which these riots have taken place, either.