Skip to comments.Thousands of Nigerians Flee Violence [Hundreds of Christians Die in Bloody Massacres in Kano]
Posted on 05/14/2004 5:06:22 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
KANO, Nigeria - Tens of thousands of hungry, frightened Nigerians sought safety in police stations and military barracks Friday after two weeks of sectarian violence left hundreds dead.
Some 30,000 people, many of them Ibo-speaking Christians, huddled in six security force installations in this heavily Muslim northern city site of deadly attacks on Christians this week said Mohammed Balarabe, a state emergency agency official.
At Kano's central Bompai police compound, Mama Aisha, a 40-year-old mother of six children, carried a seventh on her back a baby whose mother was hospitalized after being severely wounded by a machete-wielding mob.
"I have nothing to feed them," Aisha said, then gestured to the wailing baby. "She has not seen her mother for three days."
In Aba, a southern city dominated by Christian Ibo speakers, it was Muslim Hausa-speakers who found refuge in police stations, saying they feared reprisals for attacks in Kano.
The violence in Kano began with a Muslim march to protest the killings of hundreds of Muslims by members of a Christian ethnic militia earlier this month in the central town of Yelwa.
A Red Cross official confirmed 36 killed in Kano and witnesses spoke of scores more dead bodies hidden in homes and vehicles abandoned by their occupants. Nigeria's Christian umbrella group put the death toll at up to 600, although this could not be independently confirmed.
Chukwuemeka Okweze, a 22-year-old Kano factory worker, was attacked Thursday by Muslim militants who left him with machete wounds on his back and a long gash from his eye to the back of his head. The attackers also killed a neighbor, he said.
"I ran and they pursued me. They burned my house. Everything I have lived and worked for is gone," he said. "I don't want to go back."
Kano Governor Ibrahim Shekarau urged Muslims to refrain from further revenge attacks. "Vengeance is not yours. It is God's," Shekarau said in a TV and radio broadcast.
On Thursday, President Olusegun Obasanjo accused Christian and Muslim leaders of fanning the violence.
"You are an idiot," Obasanjo publicly rebuked Yakubu Pam, leader of a local chapter of Nigeria's main Christian group that had accused Obasanjo a Christian of siding with Muslims. "What did Christianity teach you? Revenge?"
Security force agents arrested Pam early Friday and released him hours later after accusing him of inciting violence and ordering him to write an apology, he said. Police officials declined comment.
"President Obasanjo urges all well-meaning Nigerians to join him in finding a permanent solution to this trend of intolerance, violence, killing and maiming," the president's spokeswoman, Remi Oyo, said Friday.
Some 10,000 have died in intertwined religious, ethnic and community-related fighting in Africa's most populous nation since Obasanjo was first elected in 1999, ending 15 years of military rule.
Muslimes. Why am I not surprised?
The UN can handle this.
This is horrible. Where is the UN? They should be feeding the refugees. Oh-wait, the UN is being run by Muslims, so I guess they won't help Christians. </ sarcasm>
This is all Bush's fault. He should never have allowed the Iraqi prisoners to be tortured.
Where is the outrage?
Uh huh. What in the world was Bush thinking? Didn't he know that his allowing
sexcapades atrocities in the prisons of Iraq would touch off the slaughter of Christians in Nigeria and the beheading of Nick Berg in Iraq? I think Rummy should resign. LOL That, FRiend is how the RATS think. Scary huh? :-)
They of course hope they can cow the Republicans into doing something that they would NEVER dream of: giving up power over a point of "principle". In reducto absurdum, the entire Bush administration and Republican Party should resign. Since the paramount principle of the Dims is "the agenda uber alles", they NEVER face this question. But whenever the Republicans give in, the Dim agenda is advanced yet again. Only when Conservatives stand strong, like they did in 1775-9, will the tide turn once again in the favor of the freedom-loving righteous.
Agreed. It seems like the Republicans get weaker and more wimpy with each election, and the RATS get more aggressive. Except for Kerry. He's such a sissy. LOL I don't understand why the Republicans are such wimps.
So where is the UN with these atrocities?
Cheering on their Muslim army.......from the sidelines.
More along the lines of our previous "conversation".