Muslim-Christian Tensions in Nigeria: Economic Impacts and Class Segregation



Nigeria is Africa’ largest economy and largest country in terms of population. The distinctive feature of population is the 50% Muslim majority and flowed by 40% Christians. The interreligious conflicts and tension between Muslims and Christians have adversely affected the economy of country. Politics of identities particularly based on religion and ethnicity further created divide between Muslim north and Christian South. The unequal and unjust allocation and division of economic resources have contributes towards the sense of deprivation especially among Muslim of northern Nigeria.  Investment in development projects, poverty alleviation program and allocation educational budgets in southern states of Nigeria have polarized the country both in religious and economic terms. This paper aims to look at the impact interreligious conflict has inflicted on economy and how the economic turmoil has contributed to class segregation in Nigeria.


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