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Vol 42 No 22

Published 9th November 2001


Nigeria

Unknown soldiers

A massacre of more than 200 Tiv causes ructions in the military and the federation

When Nigerian soldiers slaughtered more than 200 civilians in Benue State, they called into question the moral basis of President Olusegun Obasanjo's government. The Obasanjo regime, in contrast to the previous two decades of arbitrary military rule, proclaims its democratic credentials and commitment to the rule of law. However, the repeated communal clashes, the brutal military responses, the hundreds of dead and thousands driven from their homes send a very different message.

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