The violence is “neither ethnic nor religious,” and yet the “mobs” and the “protesters” seem to be targeting Christians specifically. “Deadly riots hit north Nigeria as results show Jonathan wins,” by Aminu Abubakar for AFP, April 18 (thanks to An Infidel):
Deadly riots erupted across Nigeria’s north on Monday as results from presidential elections showed incumbent Goodluck Jonathan had won the contest that reflected deep regional tensions.
Results from all of Nigeria’s states announced by the electoral commission showed Jonathan had handily beaten his northern rival, ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari. The electoral commission was yet to officially declare him the victor….
Residents reported that a home belonging to Vice President Namadi Sambo was among those set alight in the northern city of Zaria and a mob sought to burn a Christian woman alive in another area.
Churches were also burnt and a prison was raided, with a number of inmates escaping, residents said. Mobs roamed in a number of states, armed with sticks and burning bonfires in the streets.
An unspecified number of people were killed in Kano when homes and shops were attacked, in Gombe when a home was set ablaze and in Kaduna, where mobs had stopped people on the highway.
A spokesman for the national emergency management agency, Yushau Shuaib, confirmed deaths occurred in those incidents, but declined to provide figures out of fears of reprisals.…
Police said the rioting had been instigated by those unhappy with the results, saying it was “neither ethnic nor religious.” The military made similar comments and warned it was ready to act….
Of course. It’s purely coincidental that those unhappy with the results are all Muslims, and their victims Christian.
In Kano on Monday morning, protesters stopped cars and demanded that passengers express support for Buhari.
A mob used wooden planks to beat two people who appeared to be Christians based on their dress, an AFP correspondent said. Bonfires were burned in the streets while schools and shops closed, with smoke rising above the city.
Protests also spread to the tense central Nigerian city of Jos, hit by years of deadly clashes between Christian and Muslim ethnic groups, [sic]
In the town of Potiskum in Yobe state, a resident reported that a mob sought to pin down a Christian woman and burn her with a tyre, but residents put the fire out and took her to hospital….
Jonathan, 53 and a southern Christian, is the first president from the main oil-producing Niger Delta region.
Buhari, a 69-year-old Muslim, has built a reputation as a fighter of corruption, but his “war against indiscipline” during his regime in the 1980s was also accused of outrageous rights abuses.