Increasing violence in Nigeria

Emergency aid for displaced persons. (Photo: David Sollenberger)

This is the assessment of Yakubu Joseph, coordinator of Mission 21 in Nigeria. The May 1 attack on a mosque and market in Mubi claimed more than 80 lives, according to media reports. A few days before that, Boko Haram attackers tried to invade the city of Maiduguri but were repelled. This increase in violence is disturbing, Yakubu Joseph wrote in its statement. Mubi is just 18 kilometers from the headquarters of the EYN Church, Mission 21's partner church in Nigeria. Yakubu Joseph fears that the planned elections in February 2019 could lead to an increase in violence.

The situation in Nigeria is complex. This is shown by two recent reports in Swiss media: in Radio SRF's "Echo der Zeit" of May 1, Patrik Wülser, head of the foreign desk, places the situation in Nigeria in a global political context. And in the NZZ of May 7, David Signer shows what role economic disputes play in the current conflicts.

► Commentary by Yakubu Joseph on the situation in Nigeria (German and English)

► State visit of Nigeria's President Buhari to US President Trump, by Patrik Wülser, SRF

► Conflicts between farmers and nomads in Nigeria: by David Signer, NZZ-online

► Mission 21 project work in Nigeria




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