Metro Religious Tensions Stalk Jos Despite Brittle Peace- Vanguard



Sani Mudi, a Muslim leader in #Jos, perhaps Nigeria’s most religiously segregated city, stares out the window of the dimly lit central mosque, waiting for young men to drift in.

Some come to worship, he said, but often visitors have a more mundane purpose: help in getting valid identification, proof of residence papers or any other services that should be provided by the Christian-controlled state government.

Flanked by a crumbling market in Jos North, the Muslim ghetto, the central mosque has morphed into a job centre and city hall for a marginalised religious minority, according to Mudi, spokesman for the local chapter of Nigeria’s main Islamic body, the JNI.

Muslims “have all the same obligations to the state. We have to pay tax,” he told AFP. “But we are excluded at all levels.”

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Source: #Vanguard