2Ch 7:14  if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 



First sectarian clashes [edit]
Main article: Kano riot of 1953
The Kano riot of 1953 refers to the serious riot, which broke out in the ancient city of Kano,[6] located in Northern Nigeria, on May 1, 1953. The nature of the riot were clashes between Northerners and Southerners made up of mainly the Yorubas and the Ibos. The riot that lasted for four days claimed many lives of the Southerners and Northerners and many others were wounded
Introduction of the Sharia [edit]
The events of 1999, 2000 and 2001 were riots between Christians and Muslims in Jos, Nigeria about the appointment of a Muslim politician, Alhaji Muktar Mohammed, to the local coordinator federal programme to fight poverty.[7]
2004 Yelwa massacre [edit]
Main article: Yelwa massacre
2008 riots [edit]
Main article: 2008 Jos riots
Boko Haram terror campaign [edit]
Main article: Boko Haram
The group conducted its operations more or less peacefully during the first seven years of its existence[8] That changed in 2009 when the Nigerian government launched an investigation into the group's activities following reports that its members were arming themselves.[9] Prior to that the government reportedly repeatedly ignored warnings about the increasingly militant character of the organisation, including that of a military officer.[9]
When the government came into action, several members of the group were arrested in Bauchi, sparking deadly clashes with Nigerian security forces which led to the deaths of an estimated 700 people. During the fighting with the security forces Boko Haram "fighters reportedly "used fuel-laden motorcycles" and "bows with poison arrows" to attack a police station.[10] The group's founder and then leader Mohammed Yusuf was also killed during this time while still in police custody.[11][12][13] After Yusuf's killing, a new leader emerged whose identity was not known at the time.[14]
After the killing of M. Yusuf, the group carried out its first terrorist attack in Borno in January 2010. It resulted in the killing of four people.[15] Since then, the violence has only escalated in terms of both frequency and intensity.
In January 2012, Abubakar Shekau, a former deputy to Yusuf, appeared in a video posted on YouTube. According to Reuters, Shekau took control of the group after Yusuf's death in 2009.[16] Authorities had previously believed that Shekau died during the violence in 2009.[17]
By early 2012, the group was responsible for over 900 deaths.[18]
2010 riots [edit]
In 2010, more than 500, mostly Christian people were killed by religious violence in Jos.[19]
Political development



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