Nigeria: October 31, 1999


Ethnic fighting between Ilajes and Ijaws in Lagos have left at least five dead.

October 30; Nigerian troops returning from peacekeeping duty abroad have been getting stern warnings to respect the constitution, democracy, and civilian government which came into being while they were out of the country.--Stephen V Cole

October 28; Nigeria has asked the US for military aid, and the US responded with a willingness to help Nigeria in light of all the peacekeeping Nigeria has done in West Africa during the last few years. Britain was also asked for help in upgrading the Nigerian police, and responded favorably.

October 27; The government of the largely Moslem northwestern state of Zamfara have declared they will impose Sharia (Islamic law). The federal government and local non-Moslems have objected.

October 23; The last Nigerian peacekeepers have left Liberia.

October 20; A major pipeline near the coast was broken by a bomb, probably placed by locals agitating for more of the oil wealth to be spent locally. The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has been leading the opposition for some years.


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