|The first ceremony of the fondation Chirac Prize for Conflict Prevention, November 9, 2009, awarded Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye for their great efforts in Nigeria to organize the dialogue between Muslim and Christian communities.|
The article below, signed in “Jeune Afrique” by Marianne Meunier, highlights the complexity of a problem worsened because of the constitutional dispositions that favor the native-borns in each of the 36 states of this Federal Republic. For instance, in Plateau state, one of the mineral rich states of the country, the chritians, the majority of the population is favored by the government (employment, scholarships, education…) compared to other workers coming from other states. This “native-born preference” system exacerbates the conflict between religious communities and make them more and more violent.
Imam Ashafa, quoted by Marianne Meunier, recommends the suppression of the “native-born” concept of the Constitution, in order to set up better relationships between citizens. But as the author underlines, that would require that a strong leader to conduct this firmly.