Northern Nigeria is back under curfew after a new wave of Christian-Muslim violence swept the Kaduna province on Sunday. The BBC reports that church bombings and the rioting that followed left at least 36 dead, and late reports raise the death toll to 50. From the BBC:
Red Cross officials told the agency that more than 20 bodies had been recovered after rioting, most “burned beyond recognition”, and witnesses reported that Christian youths at a roadblock south of Kaduna were pulling Muslims out of cars and killing them.Boko Haram has previously justified attacks on churches by saying they were carried out in revenge for killings of Muslims in central Nigeria during earlier bouts of violence.Recently, hardly a Sunday has gone by without reports of churches being attacked in Nigeria, the BBC’s Will Ross reports from Lagos.
The frequency and ferocity of these clashes seriously challenges the legacy media’s pet narrative of “democracy rising” in Africa. The Economist offers infographics that belie the supposed “march of representative government” across the continent.The real story in Africa has less to do with the encouraging but slight democratic advances in Botswana and Ghana and more to do with the crippling violence in places like Nigeria, Sudan, and now Mali. Each of these conflicts destabilizes neighbors and undermines trends in democratization and state-building.We at Via Meadia are not pleased to have to point this out, but the legacy media seems to keep trying to do what it thinks of as its civic and moral duty by pushing the ‘rise of democracy’ narrative in Africa. It is the duty of news organizations to report the actual news, not to fluff up the feel-good narratives they wish would come true. The MSM needs to temper its PC instincts to focus on the “good news” in Africa and report the ugly but vital facts about such real if regrettable stories as the ominous rise in Muslim-Christian tensions.