Lagos - The US Commission on International Religious Freedom
has warned that ongoing violence between Christians and Muslims in central
Nigeria exposes the country's "failure to effectively deal" with the
The independent, bipartisan governmental commission issued
the warning on Monday from Washington. The commission said its own
documentation shows that Nigeria prosecutes "only 1%" of those
responsible for such killings in the region, which only "intensifies local
tensions and mistrust".
The attacks centre around the volatile city of Jos, where
thousands have been killed since Nigeria became a democracy in 1999. Religion,
politics, grazing rights and economic power all play a role in the violence in
Nigeria's fertile central belt region.