NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN WARNS OF DANGERS OF RELIGIOUS FANATICISM IN NIGERIA

October 19, 2006

HARRISONBURG— In his weekly column for the World Defense Review, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, comments on the death sentence passed last week by a Nigerian court on a heterodox Muslim cleric for his role in the so-called “Maitatsine Uprisings” which led to the deaths of thousands of Nigerians in the early 1980s.

According to the article, “as Nigerians prepare for their April 21, 2007, national elections…policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic need to be especially solicitous for the country’s precarious position and vigilant against anything that might allow false prophets to cause very real problems,” since the underlying dynamics that enabled the clerical fanatics to wreck their deadly havoc in the 1980s are still operative today.

Dr. Pham’s essay, “In Nigeria False Prophets are Real Problems,” can be accessed online by clicking here.