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Nigeria: Christian churches, homes burned down

Catholic World News - April 20, 2011

Armed Muslim youths have burned down Christian churches and homes and looted Christian businesses in northern Nigeria following the recent presidential election. Goodluck Jonathan, the incumbent and a Christian, defeated two Muslim candidates--Muhammad Buhari and Nuhu Ribadu--in what international observers have described as a fair election. Some of Buhari’s supporters, however, have taken to the streets, alleging that the voting was unfair.

A Protestant leader, Bishop Musa Tula of Bauchi, told Christian Solidarity Worldwide that Christians there are “left in the arms of God with no other security.”

The rioters have also targeted Muslim supporters of Jonathan; the home of Vice President Namadi Sambo, a Muslim, has been burned down.

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