Today In Nigerian History: 21st February


On this day in 1999, the People’s Democratic Party led by Olusegun Obasanjo, won 169 of 360 seats in the House….

– Also on this day in 2000, Muslim and Christian youths seized parts of Kaduna in clashes over a proposal to bring Islamic law (Shariah) to the state. Over 20 people were killed.

The violence began when hundreds of Christian demonstrators marched through the streets chanting `No to sharia! No to sharia!’ Counter-chants by Muslims who support sharia, or Islamic law, quickly degenerated into fighting between the two groups, said the witnesses.

By the afternoon, the two sides had gained control of different neighborhoods and divided the city into warring zones.


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