Religion and Conflict in Nigeria

TitleReligion and Conflict in Nigeria
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsPaden, J
Subtitle / Series TitleSpecial Report
InstitutionUnited States Institute of Peace (USIP)
CityWashington, DC

Nigeria - its vast population evenly split between Muslim and Christian - is counting down to another presidential election, scheduled for February 2015. This report raises a number of questions about the relationship of religious identity and internal conflict and the consequences of a polarized election. Do religious symbols exacerbate or mitigate conflict, especially during an electoral season? What are the interfaith efforts to ameliorate or mitigate ethno-religious conflict? What are the consequences of a polarized election?