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Ignoring Nigeria

President Obasanjo was the target of the riots

By Helon Habila   January 2003

For Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo, things have never been so bleak. It will now take a miracle to return him to office in the 2003 election. The rise of Islamic fundamentalism, which began almost as a joke with the declaration of Shari’a law in the remote northern state of Zamfara, is now a make or break issue for his regime. The clashes between Christians and Muslims, which disrupted the Miss World competition, are getting worse. And a former head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari, has called on Nigerian Muslims to vote only for fellow Muslims, and then promptly declared his…

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