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Trouble in the North of Nigeria

by David De La Torre

In Why northerners feel done down, The Economist looks at the continued fear of terrorism in Kano, Nigeria’s second largest city, and rest of the northern part of the country. Terrorism has disrupted farming, the north’s main source of income, and sent the northern part of Nigeria into a steep decline.

An increasingly bloody insurgency waged by Boko Haram, an Islamist terrorist group, has sharpened frustration over the disparity between the jobless north and the oil-rich south. In recent months Kano has been relatively stable, following a military offensive to contain the terrorists. But though the pause in violence has brought people back onto the streets, they have rediscovered other problems. “Stoves are gone, people selling beer have gone, there is no market, there are few customers and I haven’t been able to save any money in months,” says Chineu Abason, sitting in her wooden-shack restaurant in Sabon Gari, a mainly Christian district, where Boko Haram bombs have killed scores of people this year. [more]

For a free classroom lesson on Nigeria, see Nigeria: After 50 Years, Still Struggling to Be a Democracy from CRF’s Bill of Rights in Action Archive.