20 January 2010

Martial law in Nigeria

Nigeria has long been a rather fragile country, but one city has almost split apart. Over 1000 have died in religious communal violence since 2001, and three days of fighting (mostly with machetes and bows and arrows) is now being quelled by martial law.

I don't really have much to add, except that between the North/South split, and the problems in the Delta, it seems Nigeria is still going to be rocked by violence for a long time. It makes me wonder if the agreement to not allow African borders to be rationalized was such a good idea, but I know I can't support the violence that would likely result from trying to change them now.

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