John Campbell

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Campbell tracks political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Nigeria Security Tracker: Weekly Update December 12-December 18

by John Campbell
The map above depicts deaths in Nigeria by state. (Source: CFR Nigeria Security Tracker; powered by Tableau) The map above depicts deaths in Nigeria by state. (Source: CFR Nigeria Security Tracker; powered by Tableau)

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from December 12, 2015 to December 18, 2015. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents will be included in the Nigeria Security Tracker. Read more »

Nigeria: Religious Violence in Jos

by John Campbell

A signboard welcoming visitors is seen at the main entrance of Nigeria's central city of Jos. (Joseph Penney/Courtesy Reuters)

On August 28 in Jos there was a new outbreak of violence, ostensibly between Muslims and Christians. The Nigerian press reports that members of the Muslim Izala sect were walking to a prayer ground to celebrate the Eid el-Fitir Sallah. On the way, they were challenged by a Christian mob who accused Muslims of spoiling their Christmas last year by bombing their homes. Estimates are that at least ten persons from both sides were killed before the military restored order.

International attention with respect to Nigeria at present is focused on Boko Haram, a radical Islamic movement that may be responsible for the suicide bombing of the UN Nigeria headquarters building in Abuja on August 26. Though Boko Haram and Izala both look to the establishment of a pure Islamic state based on Sharia, I doubt that the latest episode in Jos has anything to do with the former. The latest episode in Jos appears to be part of a local cycle of revenge killings that is, indeed, acquiring an increased religious coloration, but is likely unrelated to the UN building bombing in Abuja or Boko Haram instigated violence.

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Norma’s Letter from Jos

by John Campbell

A woman sells tomatoes at a roadside grocery stall in Nigeria's central city of Jos March 9, 2010. (Akintunde Akinley/Courtesy Reuters)

The Niger Delta Working Group blog has posted another letter from Norma, the American expat farmer living near Jos that I blogged a few weeks ago. She provides a first hand account of the region’s instability and the negative impact it has had on daily life. Read more »