Nigeria is a country of overlapping
regional, religious, and ethnic divisions. Rifts between the North and the
South of the country, ethnic groups, and Islam and Christianity often coincide
and have sometimes resulted in sectarian violence. This has been the case
particularly in its geographical center and in the Niger Delta region. In the
Middle Belt, as the former is called, bouts of retributive bloodshed between
Christian farmers and Muslim pastoralists erupt with some frequency.