Religious Violence in Nigeria Subsides

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The worst violence in years to break out in the Nigerian city of Jos has subsided for now, according to reports.

Muslims and Christians clashed over the weekend after a rumor that the majority Muslim party had lost a local election to a mainly Christian political party. It was the first local election in the city in more than a decade.

Sources say around 400 men, women, and children were killed in the two days of fighting.

Death and Destruction

Many homes, churches and mosques were also burned. Several residents said they were appalled by the amount of death and destruction.

"I did not realize the extent of the damage wrought in the city until today when I went around affected areas," Yohanna Buba, a 36-year-old civil servant told AFP.

"It is unbelievable. I wonder how long it will take the city to recover," he said.

The Nigerian military is maintaining a presence in the city. It is enforcing a nightly curfew with checkpoints along the city's main roads.

An Army spokesman said the military presence would remain as long as necessary.

"We have a mandate from the president to restore lasting peace in Jos and our men will remain as long as it takes to achieve this mandate," he said.

"A Pre-Meditated Attack"

CBN News interviewed Victor Oladokun about the violence Wednesday on CBN's NewsWatch program. Oladokun is the host of a popular television show that's seen across the African continent.

The Muslim attacks against the Christians were well coordinated, according to his sources.

"This was a pre-meditated attack that started in the early hours of Friday morning coordinated from multiple locations resulting in the deaths of hundreds of Christians," Oladokun said.

"What we do need to do as Christians right now is continue to pray for Nigeria and continue to pray for the Christian community in Jos. I was speaking to the bishop of the Church of Nigeria yesterday and he is asking our viewers to pray for the pastors who lost their lives," he continued.

"Numerous churches have been burnt and unfortunately, this hasn't been reported in the media," Oladokun said.

Sources: CBN News, AFP

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