When the government cannot or will not protect you, then vigilantism is the logical result. “Justice,” one famous judge once wrote, “must not only be done, but must also be seen to be done”.
An angry mob killed at least six Muslim youths in Nigeria on Monday. The killings follow attacks on two churches last weekend. DW talked to the Catholic Archbishop of Jos about the violence and possible solutions.
In the international media, the violence in Nigeria’s North is often described as a conflict between Muslim and the Christian communities. In recent months, a number of religious leaders have spoken out and denied that the religion is triggering the clashes. Instead, they blame economic and political factors for the increasing levels of violence.
Ignatius Kaigama is the Catholic Archbishop of Jos. The city has made headlines as one of the hotspots of the violence in recent years. Kaigama has played an active role in mediation efforts between warring parties.
Last Monday local media reported that a Christian mob killed six Muslim youth in a revenge attack. On the weekend, a suicide bomber had hit a church in Jos while gunmen opened fire at churchgoers in Borno State.