Q+A-What is Nigeria’s radical Islamist sect Boko Haram?

June 17, 2011

(Members of the local Islamic group Boko Haram lie on the ground at a police station after their arrest in the northeastern city of Bauchi, July 25, 2009/Ardo Hazzad)

Violent Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram rejects amnesty offer

By Reuters Staff
May 10, 2011

(Members of an local Islamic group lie on the ground at a police station after their arrest in the northeastern city of Bauchi, July 25, 2009/Ardo Hazzad)

Nigerian elections seal major power shift to largely Christian south

April 29, 2011


(Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan casts his ballot in his home village of Otuoke, Bayelsa state April 16, 2011/Joseph Penney)

A decisive election victory by President Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria has shifted power firmly to the largely Christian south from the Muslim north and could reopen political fissures in Africa’s top energy supplier.

Nigerian president appeals to Muslim leaders before vote

By Reuters Staff
March 28, 2011
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(Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan at a campaign rally in Kano, northern Nigeria, March 16, 2011S/Joe Penney)

Nigeria’s Muslim north risks growing sense of alienation

March 18, 2011
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(A motor rickshaw transporting Muslim women drives past a signboard promoting Islamic faith in Nigeria's northern city of Kano March 15, 2011/Joe Penny)

Nigeria’s Jonathan takes election campaign to Muslim north

March 16, 2011
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(Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan speaks at the launch of his presidential campaign in the central city of Lafia, Nassarawa state February 7, 2011/Afolabi Sotunde)

Muslim-Christian sectarian divisions haunt central Nigerian city

By Reuters Staff
February 18, 2011
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(A police check point in Nigeria's central city of Jos February 15, 2011/Afolabi Sotunde)

Snooker row sparks deadly Christian-Muslim clashes in Nigeria

By Reuters Staff
January 28, 2011

snookerClashes between Christian and Muslim youths in central Nigeria triggered by a game of snooker have killed four people and led to the burning of houses, churches and mosques, police said on Friday.

Christian-Muslim clashes flare in Nigeria after Christmas Eve bombings

By Reuters Staff
December 26, 2010

jos (Photo: After an explosion in Nigeria’s central city of Jos on December 25, 2010 picture/Afolabi Sotunde)

Clashes broke out between armed Christian and Muslim groups near the central Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday, a Reuters witness said, after Christmas Eve bombings in the region killed more than 30 people.

Nigerian air force joins bid to contain Islamist sect

By Reuters Staff
October 20, 2010

nigeria 1Nigeria’s security services are beefing up efforts to contain the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram in the remote north, launching joint army and police exercises and using attack helicopters to help with patrols.