Clinton: Nigerian poverty fuels violence

2013-02-26 21:37

Abeokuta - Former US President Bill Clinton has said that poverty is fuelling the violence now sweeping across Nigeria's north.

Clinton, speaking on Tuesday in southwestern city of Abeokuta, said the violence happens in regions that have incredible poverty compared to the more prosperous cities in Nigeria's south.

Clinton said the problems "appear to be rooted in religious differences," but take root in poverty. He said strong state and federal government agencies should help, but he cautioned against oil-rich Nigeria simply taking a "divide the pie" approach of throwing money at the troubled areas to stop the violence.

Nigeria, home to more than 160 million people, is facing an increasing campaign of guerilla shootings and bombings from Islamic extremists in the nation's north. Foreign workers have been increasingly targeted for kidnappings, as well.

  • michael.mcn.9 - 2013-02-27 04:26

    As a "Yank", let me say I do not care for Africa's poverty at all. There should be much much less of it! Everyone, including the United States, should work toward that goal. But never forget the Lord helps those who help themselves.

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-02-27 11:36

    The problem is that the oil riches are not shared by all the people in the country. Every person in Nigeria should actually be enjoying a good quality life.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-02-27 21:07

    And dirtyer too lol,s,its not the size that counts its how you wiggle your worm.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-02-27 21:09

    Someone goes around looking at other penises,gross man!

  • Afri CAn Overcome - 2013-02-28 01:55

    perhaps Mr clinton and the west should just stay away from Africa, all their "helping" really leaves nothing much to be desired"...

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