One can only wonder how or why humans invented the concept of a God and then of a religion in their quest to emerge from primitive lives. There is no question religion has played an important historic role in establishing the basis for peace and kindness between people. Nigeria is an interesting example of how religion is a divisive force in human existence. Historically, the northern half of Nigeria became a center of the Muslim area while southern regions became Christian which created the basis for a divided country. The center region has witnessed the presence of both Christians and Muslims which apparently accelerates conflict.
During the past few weeks, religious violence has witnessed the death of over 450 people. According to Human Rights Watch at least 364 are Muslims although the exact figure for Christians has yet to be counted. Part of the conflict revolves around Muslim groups to institute Sharia law. At some point, Christians and Muslims in Nigeria have to take a step back and establish the basis of how divergent views can peacefully co-exist.
Legacy of the past continues haunting the lives of people in the present. Nigeria was colonized by Europeans who left a legacy of the Christian religion. Nigeria was conquered by Muslim invaders who left their religion for the people. Today, northern Nigeria is mainly Muslim while southern regions are predominantly Christian. Since its birth as a nation, religious conflict has resulted in the death of over 10,000 humans. Nigeria has a broad region which lies in between the two areas and is often referred to as the nation’s “Middle East.” There is growing fear among Christians of a Muslim southern advance. After the recent failed airplane bombing by Muslim Farouk Abdulmutallab, several Christians wrote on the Internet about Muslims: “they are bastards, mixed with Arab blood to terrorize the world. They do not like education. They hate civilization and and I wonder why they still exist as part of the human race.”
Good news comes from people like Pastor James and Imam Muhammad Ashafa together preach the word of God–wether written as Allah or God– “No matter whether you are Christian or Muslim, have your religion but don’t kill anyone.” Amen
Each day we offer a sample of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.
Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Pirate Party Approved”
The walking the plank prank will be featured.
Sweden, The Local: “Well Paid Mothers Breast Feed More”
They have more in the bank to dispense.
Australia, Brisbane Times: “Missing Cop Sighted On Highway”
The question is what was he seeking on the highway.
UK,The Independent: “Tycoon Faces Jail Over Missing $700 Million”
You mean he only stole $700 million! He deserves a bonus.
USA, New York Times: “Pope Says Societies Must Have God”
But, what is there is more than one God?
Canada, Toronto Star: “Spanking Hurts”
Nigeria, Daily Trust: ‘Nigerians Spend Millions On Imported Flowers”
Smell the roses in Nigeria is my plea.
Indonesia, Tempo: “Visitors Crowd Zoo”
Why go to the zoo to see animals, just hop over to Congress.
UK, The Independent: “Free Polanski”
Free Polanski and read Stopsky
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Historically, Nigeria has been divided between northern provinces which are mainly Muslim and southern areas which are predominantly Christian. Since the birth of Nigeria as an independent nation, tension between the groups has always been present and there have been numerous riots. During the past few days, new violence emerged in the city of Jos which has resulted in over 300 deaths at the latest account. Sheikh Khalid Abubakar said over 300 dead bodies had been brought to the main mosque and there are other bodies yet to be counted. In years past, sectarian riots led to the death of hundreds in this community.
Jo is on the dividing point between Christian and Muslim communities which lends itself to these forms of violent encounters. This battle began when both sides became angry at election results. More than 10,000 people have died in religious conflicts since civilian leaders assumed direction of the nation in 1999.
The blessings of religions which are based on leaders who espouse love and friendship between people.