Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Just what Nigeria needs: another dimension to internal conflict. The Shia-Sunni conflict within Islam exists throughout the Muslim world. (This is a hint that you should get a basic understanding of Islam to understand at least Nigeria, Iran, and China.) I guess those of us outside of Nigeria have ignored the conflict there.

'Many shot' as Nigeria police and Shia pilgrims clash in Kano
A number of Nigerian Shia Muslims on a religious procession have been shot during clashes with police in the northern city of Kano, reports say…

The group behind the procession, the Iran-backed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), has a history of tension with the security forces…

The IMN is Nigeria's biggest Shia organisation and has its headquarters in Zaria.

It has been outlawed in Kaduna state for carrying out unlawful processions.

Its followers have been involved in a series of clashes with the security forces and attacks by Sunni militants…

Meanwhile, last year's Shia procession from Kano to Zaria saw more than 20 people killed in an attack by a suicide bomber from the Boko Haram Sunni Islamist militant group…

The IMN is backed by Shia-dominated Iran and its members often go there to study.

Sunni jihadist group Boko Haram condemns Shias as heretics who should be killed…

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