Shari'a Law Causes Tensions Between Christians and Muslims

September 24, 2003

Source: BBC News

On September 24, 2003 the BBC News reported, "President Obasanjo likes to refer to Nigeria as a 'multi-religious' country, with a constitution that, whilst reflecting the expectations of the different faiths, remains essentially secular. There are roughly the same number of Muslims and Christians in a country of 120 million people...over the past few years, relations between members of the two faiths have been severely strained, with sporadic outbreaks of violence related to the introduction of Islamic criminal punishments across northern Nigeria...Although non-Muslims in the these states are not governed by such laws, there is a strong feeling among Christians that the new laws represent an increasing Islamisation of the region, and with it, an intolerance of other faiths."