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Nigeria: 55 dead in fighting between Christians and Muslims

Mon 22 Oct 2018
By Alex Williams

Violence between Christian and Muslim youths in northern Nigeria has left 55 people dead and drawn condemnation from the country's president.

Clashes in Kaduna State on Saturday reportedly erupted following a disagreement between wheelbarrow porters in the town of Kasuwan Magani.

President Muhammadu Buhari (pictured above, left) said: "No culture and religion support the disregard for the sanctity of life.

 

"Peaceful coexistence is necessary for the progress of any society and its well being."

Twenty-two people have been arrested following the fighting. A curfew imposed by the state government will be reviewed on Monday.

 

A spokesman for state governor Nasir El-Rufai said: "The governor said that security agencies are taking necessary action to reassure our communities, restore calm and uphold law and order."

The latest outbreak of fighting comes after at least seven people died in clashes between Christian and Muslim young people in Kasuwan Magani in late February of this year.

 

Garbu Shehu, the president's official spokesman, said: "In commending the Kaduna State government for its rapid response to the crisis, the President appealed to community leaders to engage in regular dialogue to nip imminent crises in the bud, while admonishing the people to develop the spirit of tolerance and patience at all times."

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