Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Nigeria state segregates travel

The authorities in the northern Nigerian state of Kano have imposed a ban on Muslim men and women travelling together on public transport. They say the ban is in accordance with Sharia law. Men and women-only buses and motorcycle taxis were paraded in a mass rally at a stadium in the city of Kano. Kano is one of several Muslim majority states that adopted Sharia law in 2000, a move which led to inter-religious riots that left thousands dead. Under the ban, commercial motorcylists seen carrying women could be fined. Correspondents say the scheme has been quite well-received by all communities as Christians will still be able to use existing non-segregated vehicles. The governor of Kano state said a new force of 9,000 uniformed police would enforce the law. Kano is one of 12 northern states which have implemented Sharia law since 2000. The move initially heightened tensions between Muslims and Christians and led to clashes which left thousands dead. Human rights groups have condemned abuses sanctioned under the law including amputations and flogging, and say it discriminates against women. Sharia law appears to have retained popular support in the north. But there is significant opposition to the law, especially among the Christian minority.


At July 27, 2005 11:43 PM, Blogger PD111 said...

Christians in the famine-struck, West African state of Niger have contacted Barnabas Fund to ask for urgent assistance.

Barnabas Fund's International Director, Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, appeals on their behalf: "Christians form less than one percent of the
population of the Muslim-majority country Niger. Experience in other countries shows that tiny Christian minorities like this tend to suffer disproportionately in any crisis. I urge Christians around the world to remember their brothers and sisters in the Lord at this time. As you give to help the starving in Niger, please direct some of your help through Barnabas Fund for the Christians."

Niger is the second poorest country in the world.


* Pray for the famine victims in Niger, especially the children, that help will get to them quickly and effectively.
We gave so generously to Indonesia after the Tsunami, despite my certainty, that far from any thanks, we in the West, would be accused of proseltysing.

Please help to promulgate this appeal in churches or anywhere you think appropriate. Christians in Niger are likely to get the short end of the stick of any aid that eventually arrives from the West, as happened in Indonesia.

Dont let our generosity be abused yet again in the victimisation of famine struck Christians in Niger.
Fjordman: I hope you will forgive me for using using your site for this appeal.



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