Latest posts by Eremipagamo Amabebe from March, 2010
On Tuesday, March 16, thousands of Nigerians marched on the capital, Abuja, to show their frustration with the woes that continue to besiege the country. This sort of protest has not been a common feature of the Nigerian political scene, at least not in this decade, though the demonstration is one of several that have taken place this year.
In Jos, conflict seems to recur in ever-narrowing cycles: deadly riots rocked the city in 1994, 2001, 2008, and, not even two months ago, in January 2010. The current conflict is said to have begun in reprisal for the destruction that occurred in January, and, like the previous riots, has been fought along sectarian lines.
Only two weeks after Goodluck Jonathan's long-anticipated confirmation as Acting President, ailing President Yar'Adua was stealthily flown back to Abuja after more than two months abroad. For most observers, the President's return raised more questions than it answered.