Nigerian President Acts
To Curb Religious Violence
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in the violence-torn central state of Plateau, saying recent killings there threatened to plunge the country into crisis.
Obasanjo said he had suspended the governor, Joshua Dariye, for six months and had also suspended the state assembly. He said Dariye was "weak and incompetent" and accused him of fomenting the violence.
About 1,000 people have been killed in two weeks of fighting between Christians and Muslims, which began in Plateau as a land dispute but turned into a religious conflict as it spread north to Nigeria's second-largest city, Kano.
Obasanjo appointed retired Gen. Chris Alli, army chief of staff under the late dictator Sani Abacha, as Plateau's interim leader.
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