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Title:Nigeria: 'One nation, under God'
Author:Bianchi, R.R.
Book title:Guests of God: Pilgrimage and politics in the Islamic world
Editor:Bianchi, R.R.
City of publisher:New York
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:Nigerian politicians such as Ahmadu Bello and Shehu Shagari threw so much money into the hajj that Christians became convinced they were creating an Islamic state. By the time Muslim army officers seized power, the specter of religious warfare drove Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha to sponsor a Christian pilgrimage to Jerusalem as well. Nigeria is one of the few countries where the state sponsors both Muslim and Christian pilgrimages-a policy that is intended to assuage complaints of religious discrimination but that more frequently aggravates conflicts between rival regions, denominations, and ethnic groups. [Abstract book]