Saturday, August 27, 2011

Communities in north Nigeria: marginalised and turning violent

Guardian (blogs)
26 August 2011

The roots of Boko Haram, as is common with other such groups, lie in the increasing sense of marginalisation on the part of communities in the north of Nigeria. The recent election of a Christian, southern president, Goodluck Jonathan, has fed this resentment, and many observers claim the president does not so far appear to be addressing this discontent adequately. Nigeria has huge potential, with a large population and growing commercial sector. This makes it all the more important that knee-jerk reactions are avoided now, and that policy responses, both from within Nigeria and without, ensure all Nigerians feel protected and valued, if the aims of the bombers are ultimately to be frustrated.

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