Nigeria is the home to thousands of impoverished men and women, though some places hold a natural beauty never seen by much of the outside world. There are riches in the land and earth, but those are often in the hands of foreigners, and business men who’s only interest is profit, even at the sacrificing of thousands of lives. In fact much of the fighting and murdering going on in Nigeria is a remnant of earlier times, when business came, and sides were chosen. Now the blood runs like rivers in some areas of Nigeria. All because the inhabitants were divided against themselves.
Nigeria is a beautiful land covered in trees, with the longest waterfall in Africa. It was once a haven for tourists, though those days are long gone. Now the beauty of the land is overshadowed by blood. The conflict stems from when missionaries first settled on the plateau. They began converting the natives. Meanwhile business was coming in and people from the area refused to help foreigners rob the land of resources. Seeing the natives to the area as a threat the foreigners brought in Muslims from the south. After the mining, the Muslims settled to the area. Since they could not trace their history they began to claim the land as home. Soon the Muslims and their religion spread over the north of Nigeria.
The Christians converted at the hands of missionaries later found themselves unwelcome among the Muslims. They began migrating south, into places already full of people. Nigeria became more divided and it was centered around the Jos Plateau. In the place of beauty where many tourists had come before. Suddenly there were attacks being carried out. They are often when defense forces are not watching. Muslims come in with knives and kill anyone who is caught off guard.
Attacks came after the Muslims lost seats in government in the last election, when a born again Christian was placed in as president. Now Muslims are fighting to keep him from making any changes, and the blood baths are following behind. Unrest has come because of disputes over lands, and feeding grounds. Muslims keep pushing Christians back into the Jos plateau. Meanwhile the Christians migrate to new places and create a burden on the already stressed resources.
Nigeria is a very religious country. It has two main religions that are constantly in contradiction with each other. The Christian religion is mixed with ancient beliefs of magic and charms, while the Muslim religion keeps a distance. Modern ideas are flowing into Nigeria as it becomes more educated. Progressive medicine, like abortion is still illegal. Religion is the driving force of this nation and one that can quickly tear it apart. While Nigeria is not a first world country, they are moving forward, but the killings on the plateau have been moving things back.
Now people are living in fear of the future. Just the other week a senator was gunned down while attending the funeral of people who were gunned down earlier that week. Making the total of dead come to 100 lives lost. In the same week tribesmen attacked in villages with knives killing and mutilating three, and the Uncle of one man. The man’s uncle was then mutilated badly because he thought he was under the protection of charms. Crimes like these are on the rise due to Muslim unrest and inner faith rivalry. What the future is for Nigeria, no one really knows.
Since the Christians are not that involved with the political side of Nigeria, and the Muslims want control it is hard to tell what will happen. Some states in Nigeria are still safe for now, but migrants are pouring in. Displaced by fear of the violence, and in need of food and work. Now it is up to the young to struggle to make a better future in their land. As lumber is cut , and the people move from mining to other types of jobs, the structure of the country changes. The future could be grim if the Muslims continue to rally with violence. While the government tries hard to hide it from the outside world, the word is leaking as they seek help to end the feuding. Many Nigerians just want peace and a goo life, something that seems impossible if the religious fighting continues.