Nigeria ends oil subsidy national strike but will there be a civil war?

SAEED SHABAZZ Special to the AmNews | 1/18/2012, 6:24 p.m.

"Nigerians, particularly in the north, are struggling to restore the dignity that has been compromised over the past 50 years," said Sowore, adding that he has witnessed Muslims and Christians holding hands to fight oil companies that continue to pollute Nigeria's air and water supply.

On the issue of a north-south divide, he said, "What has failed in Nigeria is the leadership, and what has failed is the Nigerian state, which must restore dignity and economic rights to its citizens."

Minister Akbar Muhammad, an international representative of the Nation of Islam, explained to this reporter on his way to Nigeria that there is a need to be careful about how the violence in Nigeria is reported on by Western media outlets. "The BBC would have you believe that there are crazy Muslims burning Christian churches and vice versa," stated Muhammad. He said the real question is, who has opened the door for al-Qaeda to be in West Africa?

In the meantime, it was reported that Boko Haram ordered all Christians to leave northern Nigeria. The president of the Christian Association of Nigeria has been quoted as saying the attacks against Christians are a "declaration of war" and warned that Christians would "have no choice but to respond appropriately."