Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Below is a speech and discussion led by Ambassador Johnnie Carson, America's Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, on the recent 2011 elections in Nigeria. Carson goes on to discuss religion and its role in violence by categorically stating "I want to take this opportunity to stress one key point and that is that religion is not driving extremist violence either in Jos or northern Nigeria..." and continuing, "some seek to inflame Muslim-Christian tensions."

In light of the growing terror and death created by Boko Haram's (alleged and claimed) attacks, Carson stressed that the insurgent group not only "capitalizes on popular frustrations with the nation’s leaders," but also “seeks to humiliate and undermine the government and to exploit religious differences in order to create chaos and to make Nigeria ungovernable.”

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